Just when it has seemed I couldn’t bear
one more friend
waking with a tumor, one more maniac
with a perfect reason, often a sweetness
and changed nothing in the world
except the way I stumbled through it,
for a while lost
in the ignorance of loving
someone or something, the world shrunk
hand-size, and never seeming small.
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At a time in my life when it truly seemed I could not bear one more friend receiving another diagnosis, another uncertainty about the lives of those I love, this poem came into my life. Now it has returned to me to help bear the grief of many recent deaths.