I wipe the tears from your eyes
with a gentle edge and a smile
enlivened by hope, but there is
no wiping the sadness away
from the eyes that look with
loss, forlorn, back at me
in this time deluged with pain
and the throbbing silence of grief.
I wipe your tears away for it is
what I can do in being with you
embedded in this time that will pass
and never go, for one can never
recover the fulness after loss.