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
Who/what can relieve and/or overcome the pain?
Is/Isn’t this for God/Allah/the Oversoul/a Higher Power
My sincere condolences to you, Amy