Twenty-Nine Years On
I stand here, looking at the dates.
March 22, 1979 — November 2, 1986
I am quiet.
I am alone.
I never dreamed I’d be standing here twenty-nine years on.
In the beginning, I didn’t believe I would live and breathe
this many days.
Those early efforts took so much strength.
A laugh, a smile, a moment of comfort
seemed far beyond anything I would ever reach.
Moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day, and year by year,
I live and breathe.
I still return to stand at the foot of my child’s grave.
Over these many years, I have laughed, I have smiled, I have found
moments of comfort too many to count and even profound joy.
But, oh, I miss my darling child,
Whom I continue to love.