Melissa Balmain: The Upside Of Grief

It levers you open. It wakes you.
You're attentive, alert and aware.
Hocus-pocus, the world snaps in focus
from the grass to the geese in the air!

Every cantaloupe sunset unmakes you,
every sniff of a rose or pot pie;
a warm kitten, a muffin you've bitten
has you suddenly dabbing your eye

as the thought of last time overtakes you –
back before swift events could destroy
any glimmer of hope, then get grimmer.
(To be honest? You'd still prefer joy.)