Some of the nicest and most interesting
people I know were born in February.
So when she came on Groundhog Day
I thought, Wow! How great is that!
After her death, the huge shadow of sorrow
that came with Punxsutawney Phil
darkened our determined celebrations
of her beautiful, but too short, life.
But always, when we peered out
and through our broken hearts
we found signs that she was with us,
birthday kisses on her special day.
Now, as her birthday month approaches
I know February may bring sorrow’s shadow,
but mostly I wait, wide eyed and watchful
to catch and hold the valentines she’ll send.
Genesse Bourdeau Gentry is author of Stars in the Deepest Night – After the Death of a Child, and Catching the Light: Coming Back to Life after the Death of a Child, available at www.afterthedeathofachild.com.Tags: grief