Grief (the second movement)

Ending things
before hatred sets in
requires releasing hope
those things will improve
which requires relinquishing
another piece of that relentless optimism
that makes you
you

I believe anything is possible
What stands in the way
is their will
Since I can’t control their choice
I control mine
and choose to stay
patient
longer than reasonable

I’m not a gambler
except in this
each losing hand proof
the big win hides in the next
I’ve lost years at this table
feasting on scraps
as years grow scarce
like bargaining chips
I finally fold

Better to end things
before hatred sets in
before too much is lost
like faith and stamina
sometimes optimism thrives better
at a distance
than under constant vigilance

Life is too brief
my wiser heart finally knows
I can bear the grief
as well as I stomach the rage
and grief
is quicker in passing.

© S. Rinderle, 2016

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2 thoughts on “Grief (the second movement)

  1. Yes!!! I like how the beginning made me think of the years leading up to divorce, but then the lense seemed to broaden and I saw relationships with jobs, friends, beliefs. I love the metaphor of digestion – scraps at a table, stomaching emotion. I agree that grief is quicker in passing, if we can tolerate the fear of it. Thank you for taking me with you into that place.

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