Grief is a separate class of emotion.
No, it’s a bundle of many emotions
all vying for attention,
sometimes at the same time
and sometimes at different times.
Grief is a new layer of skin.
For awhile, it’s the surface layer.
Over time, it works its way into our being,
no longer the layer closest to the nerve endings,
but a new part of who we are in the world.
If we absorb it fully,
the pain, anger, denial, and sorrow transform
and a sweet sadness
that comforts a bit more
than it hurts.