I've experienced great loss recently.
I am beat. down.
One was my furry companion of 17 years.
(A punch to the stomach that brought me to my knees.)
One was a woman I had known all of my life. Who helped mold and shape me.
(A kick to the back that left me laying face down on the pavement.)
Another was a tiny soul I hadn't even met.
(The sole of a boot sandwiching my face to the ground so that I could barely breathe.)
My only saving grace-
The faint cheering and encouragement from the crowd around me.
Through tear-filled eyes as that boot stepped down on me,
Were outlines of faces.
Friends. Family. Complete strangers.
Grief does not change you. It reveals you- and everyone around you.