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The Suddenness

it doesn’t matter if it’s happened to you before

you never get used to it,

the suddenness of loss

 

you fall asleep next to someone you love

and wake up next to a stranger;

you say “see you next week”

but next week never comes

 

they’re just suddenly gone

and with such finality

 

it is what differentiates sad from tragic

it is what differentiates losing someone and having them

torn from you

 

the suddenness of loss

 

I barely knew you but you mattered much to me

there is so much I should have said

I should have thanked you more

all the cliches hold true

 

and no official titles

or degree of closeness to God protects us from it

 

God catches us, surely but

not from the suddenness it seems

 

not from the breathlessness and the shock

not from the not-knowing what to say

 

I know that God is in the friends that call

in the communities that come together

in one person holding another up

 

but the suddenness is something we each face alone

that first moment of absence and awareness

 

the suddenness of loss

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