How do you say the things

That you only heard a stranger sing?

How do you open wide

If you were taught to keep it all inside?

How do you reconcile

Never being told ‘I love you’ child?


How do you say goodbye

To a soul that never breathed earthside?

How do you carry on

When the one you carried is now gone?

How do you reconcile

A grave with the name of a child?


How do you lay to rest

The reason for the beating in your chest?

How do you numb the pain

Of the one who took yours all away?

How do you reconcile

When all you can do is cry?


How do you reconcile?

How do you



by Louise Tesoriero

July 2023

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