They Stopped

Listen to the tempo
Like a drum beating
The rhythm of my heart
In tune with earth’s vibrations
Corralling the one’s I love
To be there for them
In their hours of need
As they mourn
The many that have ceased
To beat this week
Grunge beneath their nails
From clawing at the meaning of life
Explanations and reasons
For the young ones
The dearest ones
Breadwinners and those of service
Each one important
To someone else
Things come in threes
But this week they have multiplied
And has way surpassed
What the senses can handle
And the mind can tolerate
And that is why
We’re there for one another
To lean on
To cry
To keep on going
While ours still beats

Debbie Gravett © 2021.11.19

FOWC: Tempo
RDP: Grunge
Image by InspiredImages from Pixabay

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