Anne, Thank you for this heartfelt, moving poem! I am very sorry for the loss of your beloved brother Jerry. The first stanza of your poem so eloquently describes your sense of loss and grief:

When/if sadness and/grief

Rob/deaden your discipline and/or dedication

You might/must decide to quit, and/or retreat.

How/why do you go on and/or continue daily

If you’ve lost/set aside energy and/or hope

For the future/tomorrow?

How long will/may grief dominate and/or destroy

Each day/night?

Who/what can relieve and/or overcome the pain?

Is/Isn’t this for God/Allah/the Oversoul/a Higher Power

To do/perform/solve/mitigate/ease?

Please?

My sincere condolences to you, Amy

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