Week 4: Gratitude

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Such an easy sentiment
to lean into
on lazy summer days
but the truth and
its power is
summoning it
in the midst of pain

The gratitude
at a funeral
having seen you
just before
you faded
into memories

Deep illness
cracked open
generated growth
the bones
of your sadness
soothed with
the balm
of gratitude

There is a reason
it rhymes
with attitude
has grit in its letters
this healing word
that can change
the course of
of emotion

© Tanya Southey