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Steps to Recover from Grief

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The gold necklace with his wedding ring
came off as easily
as the button of my dusty jeans

Words needn’t be exchanged
the fumbling familiar
from the day before
and the day before that

Hands clutched dirt
and the chain of gold that wouldn’t break
even when pressure increased
as Shane’s thrusts became more

Eyes closed tight
mouth open in a moan
the name at the tip of my tongue
with a gasp
was pulled back to my heart
aches surfaced
and pushed back down
with another groan

When the act was complete
our clothes arranged
his ring against my heart
where it felt cold
resting on my flushed skin
like the man I don’t want
to forget