What is a loss?

 

Is it a friend you lose as distance crept into the relationship?

Is it the boy you love who up and leaves?

Is it your grandparents leaving you without a warning?

 

A loss is a loss

A friend

A significant other

A family member

 

And even

A house

 

 

It is 4 am

And instead of sleeping

You are looking for passports

 

Because instead of waking up

To the pounding of an alarm

You woke up to the pounding of the cops

 

1 minute

You have 1 minute to leave this house

You have 1 minute to leave this home

 

The flames

They are coming

 

And they are showing no mercy

They are burning anything in their path

 

And while you want to surrender

And tell the flames that they win

 

That losing a home

Is just as bad as any other loss

 

The flames did not come to listen

 

It is 7 am

And you are calling your daughter

 

With tears from defeat

For the flames have won

 

And all she can do is

Listen

 

Listen to the tears of a man

Who has been burnt out

 

Because not only did the flames

Take away a house, but a home

 

A home with memories

That took hard work to be able to happen

When your loved ones are 700 miles away

 

 

What is a loss?

 

It is a person

It is a tangible item

It is memories

 

It requires recovery

Time

Strength

It is unfair and brutal

And it will beat you to the bones

Until you are so fragile

All you can do is break

 

So remember

A loss is a loss

 

For everyone breaks

Whether you lose

A friend

A significant other

A family member

 

Or a home

 

~Tubbs Fire, 2017~

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