Virga: The Long Streaks of Grief

By Anita Tanner



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Initially it’s a downpour

you fear will never stop,

but it’s cleansing in the sense

that there’s an emptying,

and you reach utter bottom

where the dregs live.


Not that you wear your grief

as a badge of honor which reads,

This is one who suffers,

or that you enumerate the stages

complicit in the process

in effort to reach cease.


Grief is no falling leaf.

What startles is the ongoing streaks,

the virga symptoms:  moisture that never

closes the gap between heaven and earth,

water and ice suspended that cannot reach

the ground.