Thanks for taking the time to read, Brenda. I know it's quite a lengthy piece, but it's very important to me. It means a lot that you read it! It's actually a spiritual sequel to one of my favorite poems, one that never actually got posted on here for some reason, called "The Heart I Couldn't Steal"-- it just has a little bit of the backstory. So it's nice to have written a successor after all these years, it feels good!
S, this is truly beautiful but sad all the same. The yearning, the heart ache, the wishing things were different and the imagery all makes this a perfect poem as always by you.
Much love and I hope things get better, Em