Only December

Feelings heavy,
tears and tears.
Will the darkness last?
Or is it-only December?

Hadn’t past months
brought peace and hope?
Where is the strength of October-
and November?

Lights, carols, ornaments on trees,
cards from friends,
happy times in seasons past.
We remember.
We remember.

Will January bring light at last?
Will we be stronger then,
for making it through
this December?

When people ask
how I’m doing,
I say, “Well, you know,
it’s December…”

from Stars in the Deepest Night – after the death of a child
By Genesse Bourdeau Gentry

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