I have a sadness there

as surely as the clouds

drift over the sun but

no one notices—a sadness

clinging beneath the 

gratitude I feel for all

this living—a sadness 

under the smiles that

light this day of loss

and opportunities won.


Yes, a sadness forged 

in change that takes

and never gives and 

lingers with acceptance 

that must come in living 

this wretched perfect day.