May 12th

I knew the call
was coming. 
But I did not 
know how they knew. 
We ate dinner
in near silence.
Then sister and I 
went to play GameCube. 
The phone rang
and my body went numb. 
Parents came downstairs
and we all hugged.
I had never seen 
dad cry before. 
But for some reason
I could not cry at all.
They told us you
wouldn’t hurt anymore. 
As if that would
provide us with comfort.
Even though you are
free now
there is almost nothing
 I would not give
to have been able to say goodbye.

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