The falling maple keys,
helicopter seeds, whirl from above
and like joyful confetti
scatter around you.
You moved through loss
and though there is a hole
in your heart that will never be filled,
still you can now, in the peaceful green leaf-fall, take a deep breath.
Know that all the love
you gave and received will never waste.
Believe that. Chew on that. Take it in.
Make it part of you, forever.
The evening air breathes the scent
of soft, sweet, rain.
Rain will wash and brighten. It nourishes.
Becoming the new person,
without the old need, is unfamiliar.
You flex and stretch the new muscle
You are loved.
You always were.
©️Laurie Lynn Newman