Grief doesn’t descend
as a single gray cloud.

It takes its time.

It slowly blinds
you with soft
falling ash,
and enters your pores 
like a dying mist.

It settles in
your throat as
a burning wind,
and rips at your lungs 
like rabid ghosts.

It burrows its way
like a blind vole 
under the surface 
of your days
leaving hollow trails

It scrapes across
your body, etching
scars only you 
will ever see.
“I’m fine,” you say

And smile.