On the Death of My Friend

The listing birch
has fallen into winter,
now that the solstice has passed.
She and I wait for the coming of the Light:
We are silent and sad and surrendering
to this time,
to what awaits.
Grace has brought us here – together –
and with Grace these sorrows will pass,
these tears,
all these memories.

Mary Elyn Bahlert
December 21, 2019