© Oma Dok (Gail Doktor) 2022

We couldn’t have known
All those years ago
What this journey together would bring
Couldn’t have guessed how, today, we would
Pause and lean into each other
Catch our breath
For the moment we’re having just now
Eyes red-rimmed
About those who can’t be with us
Laugh out loud
In exultation for those who continue
To travel with us
So every next adventure
Becomes one more surprise
That may include, yes, heartbreak
Yet also includes healing and hope
And another reason
To choose each other
All over again