This grief
has teeth


my son
it bites through


skin and bone
tearing at heart


and mind
(the deeper


the love
the harder


the pain
I find)


this grief
with its pearly whites


gnaws at me
through dull days


and dark nights
trying to drag me


to dark depths
shaking me


like a dog with bone
bringing me


to deep hurts
and aching moan


this grief
holds hard


bites deep
taking me


to dark dawns
and black dogs


of sunset red
and echoing memories


in numb
and hurting head


this grief has teeth
my son


biting through
bone and skin


tearing me within
but memories remain


strong and clear
and bright


which will
sustain me


through many
a deep dark night.

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