I Can’t Say Goodbye

My beautiful cousin, most like a mom, Chrissy.

the final breath
sweeps you like a heavy rain
my heart instantly breaks

a short time here
on Earth, finally you’re
called home

they give details
of your transition–my soul
crushes without warning

you have been my
refuge for decades
how will I go on

My cousin, who contracted the Coronavirus, COVID-19 and was immunocompromised, fully vaccinated & boosted, breathed her last breath on Friday, February 18, 2022. When the call came for me to say goodbye, all I could truly say was, “I love you. I love you so much.” I’ve been crying off and on for hours on end, and I’m sure the pain won’t let up anytime soon. There’s a huge hole in my heart right now, and I’m changed forever.