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April 9 - I Pledge


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I Pledge

I've had enough of grief.
I prefer to forget the months
while he withered away,
giving up bite by bite, step by step,
until food was no longer viable
and he was too weak to walk.
After a year of struggle
he slid into death silently
with me by his side.

I prefer to forget the chaos after,
the paperwork, our stuff comingled,
the shop full of parts and tools,
and the pain of dispursing his things.
I prefer to remember 57 years
of laughter, love, and challenges.

This year, I renew
my commitment to live joyfully,
to be grateful for each morning,
for good health, purpose,
love of family and friends,
and an occasional adventure.
Finally, I'm beginning to rest
each night 
knowing I had a good day.
                    ~~Judi Van Gorder

Prompt: Grief

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