they met they loved

they met they loved they had three kids
at thirty-eight she up and died
the family was lost that day
despite how hard the father tried

but one year on a nearby beach
the oldest heard her mother’s voice
say “i have not deserted you.
you still have life. you still have choice.”

and gradually they swam their way
towards new places and new things;
they never left her, either, as
the sunlight to the water clings

they met they loved they were a show
no one thing a whole life defines
she had as big a part as any
just with

fewer lines

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