Grieve Well, Friend – a poem by Nancy K. Jentsch

Grieve Well, Friend 
 
May grief’s moon-round pebble imbue 
thumb and forefinger with memories 
that stitch your breath’s seams, 
cut—honed like moon’s crescent— 
through jellied platitudes. 
 
May grief map your trek 
past memories that light— 
improbable—into your hands, 
onto your tongue, then melt 
fusing to skin and within. 
 
And may those memories 
bank a fire that smolders, 
sheds mere shreds of warmth 
for now, promises to dance 
in the fullness of time. 


Nancy K. Jentsch’s poetry has appeared recently in Thimble Literary Magazine, Tiferet, Zingara Poetry Review and in numerous anthologies. In 2020, she received an Arts Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her chapbook, Authorized Visitors, was published in 2017 and her writer’s page on Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/NancyJentschPoet/ 

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