This Is Just To Say

This is just to say:

I have caused grief.

I have caused your grief.

I saw your reaction when you heard the news.

Your body trembled as you fell to your knees.

Oh, how you still weep.

I am the bringer of your pain.

I have taken your loved one away.

Somewhere out there, his body lies beneath an unmarked grave.

Imagine if he would have stayed…

The blood…The guns…Those who were slain.

All of the images of war would have forever diseased his brain.

He would not have been the same.

Forgive me.

I have added another soul to my jar.

Believe me, he would not have gotten far.

Forget me not.

I will come and collect again, when your time has reached its end.