Wandering through the cemetery
with my four legged friend;
I am alone, yet crowded by others.
The tombstones speak to me,
with their short descriptions.
I am reminded of the rich lives
of those that choose to live.
A woman dying at childbirth,
her child gone a year later.
Families surviving the depression;
Other lives extinguished;
Spared the suffering of the time;
but deprived of the suffering of living.
I glance at the sun
lingering in the northern sky.
These days are short,
but will lengthen again.
I kiss the moon today,
my embrace facing the sun tomorrow.
My shadow lingers beside the light.
I am reminded,
that without tears there are no smiles
Without hate, we cannot feel love,
and without failure, success is elusive.
I am ready to face the darkness,
knowing that the light is only a day away.