How Long Do We Hold Them?

The last line of Alice’s sonnet Sonnet
Is, “I still have some of the pills.”
It was George speaking after
Gracie died. Ted was sick but
He hadn’t died. Anticipatory
Grief? We dread what will come
But how did she know what
Would come – after? All those
Pills we continue to hold in our
Hand but won’t (can’t) do any
Good anymore. How long do
We hold them?

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