Do Not Say My Thoughts and Prayers Are With You

Betsy Holleman Burke

Do not say my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Do not say it was God’s plan.
Do not say he has gone to a better place, to a Higher Calling. Do not say it was his time to go.
Do not say it was a blessing it was fast.
Do not say call me if you need anything.
Do not say I know how you feel. I lost my Golden Retriever.

Put your arms around me.
Let me cry. And cry.
Cry with me until there are no more tears. Come back tomorrow. Cry again.

Write to me, tell me about
the fish he caught  the golf you endured

his practical jokes his contagious laugh

Share your loss.  What he meant to you.

Fill my house with your laughter. With hydrangeas.
Cook mussels in white wine for me. Make me eat them.
Call. Call again. Walk with me by the River.
Do not forget me.

Do not say my thoughts and prayers are with you. Do not. Do not.

Photo taken by Henry Brown at Hillwood in Washington, DC.