It’s been a year of loss, betrayal,
massive upheaval—cancerous mom
wasted to death, husband’s addiction,
extended family stressed, torn asunder.
For decades, I’ve hidden inside
a bubble-wrapped fantasy
of perfect parents, stable life,
tasteful home, successful career.
The past months have brutally
torn away every dreamy illusion,
ground my nose into the dirt
of terminal illness, fracturing marriage.
Now spring brings peace,
change of residence,
charming picket fence cottage.
Here’s the new foundation
upon which I will rebuild,