A Great Sadness (Written March 21)

A Great Sadness


I suddenly had to put my hand

Over my face, I was crying

So hard. I knew she had not


Been well, but I had no idea

She was so sick. She’d fallen

In the tub and hit her head.


An ambulance came. It was

A blood clot to the brain.

I learned this after the fact.


No one thought to call me

Until it was too late. She

Was already dead.


No one thought I might

Still have some feeling

For her, after fourteen


Years of marriage. I wish

I had made more of an effort

To stay in touch, but


She had her life, and I

Had mine, equally demanding.

It is a great sadness.

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