grandMOTHER

Everyone opened their jars

And you emptied into the air

The wind carried you over the lake and into the atmosphere

And then you were gone

I cried as if you hadn’t left the moment the line went flat

But I’ll let you in on a secret

I kept you

Put you in my pocket

Booked a flight

Flew 12 hours

Transferred twice

And landed on your favorite beach.

I took my clothes off

And carried you into the ocean.

I didn’t allow the wind to have it’s way with you,

I opened you under water.

And let the sea that touched your toes so many times before

Touch you once again.

We swam together

One last time

Like when I was younger.

I brought you home.

And I cried so hard I almost drown.