It Is Real

People used to say
grief made them
wash their face
with tears

I thought
that was
exaggerating

Now
I know
it is real

For the same reason
I stop wearing
mascaras
or
eyeshadows

Instead
I keep
my sunglasses on
at all times

Why did they leave us

Three angels added to heaven.
One is sunflower bright.
One is fox smart.
One is sage wise.
You see,
even heaven desires them.

– in remembrance of our dear love ones: Ash, Eric and Sally