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Words to Remember

Things have changed
since you left,
but to me
you’re not gone yet.
There are things
that remind me of you
things that I just can’t keep out of my head.
Sometimes I feel like
I am alone,
but I know
that when I cry
you are kneeling next to me
with your hand
rubbing my back
in continuous circles.
And so calmly in your voice,
I hear it over and over,
you say the same five words,
“It’s okay to cry Eli”
And I look up,
but no one’s there
and I say the four words
that I couldn’t seem
to get out of my mouth
when I had the time,
“I love you mom.”

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