Surviving Now

How do we bear it?

The loss of each year and

the weight of those coming?

The tragedy of knowing and

the tight-lipped unknown?

How fragile the peace we hold

moment to moment.

Fence well about it,

this survivable now.

Here in that stronghold,

our breath for a blanket,

is comfort eternal,

the past and the future

held in place and at bay.

One can endure

a most perilous present

if life lived

and not yet lived

are not in the way.

HS 12.22.2016

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