What is it?
Grief is the swear word that comes out when nothing is okay
It is the scowl on your face, permanently etched, tightly knit eyebrows
It is the junk food you eat, hog, every night to tire your body into submission
It is the sleep which goes on all day, without the need to pee
It is the inability to move, react or say anything when the phone rings
It is in you, that empty feeling is what grief is
Looking into the outside world for validation is what grief is
Your grief, and mine
It is the end of a life, with days unlived, unsung and incomplete
It is the missing ‘I love you’ from the mouth of the person you love
His or her absence, the fear of losing is what grief is
It is the forced smile when someone greets you: Hey! how are you?
The silent nod of the head, knowing that no one wants to hear the answer
It’s in the realization that you have been grieving a long time,
A long time has gone by and you’ve always known
Your companion is grief.