to the hurt,

I’m sitting down with you today. I’m sitting down with you and we’re drinking coffee.

“what is it today?”

I don’t know what to say.

I acknowledge your bags; you’re planning to stay for awhile.

that’s okay.

I’ve got a room made up for you.

“I want him back.”

you nudge,

and remind me that I can’t have him back.

God doesn’t give people back.

but here I am,

sitting down with you.

I am sitting down with you and we’re drinking coffee.

I am recognizing your presence,

and no,

you cannot stay forever.

but I won’t push you away.

I will feel you,

and I will keep breathing,

because in doing so,

I am healing.

the healing comes from the aching;

I know this now.

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