by Beth Hemmila
Gratitude burst open,
ripping through my body
like wildfire licking sweet grass,
fastening tight to every piece of me
until all that mattered lifted its wings,
called out, and took flight across a breathless sky.
Have you ever noticed that through the loss of someone you love you experience a gratitude that is more all consuming? It's as if your grief intensifies the gratitude you feel for whatever you lost and magnifies the thankfulness for everything you have in your life right now.