The Empty Cage

A tough conversation
to have with an eight year old
the unexpected discovery
that the pet is in resting mode
that hour of activity
unusually silent
opening the cage
to see it curled and still

The truth will bring tears
and I will have a hand
in that little crack
that forms in the heart

I will be the keeper of memories
if hers ever erodes

Tears collecting
in my own corners
as I deliver the news
that the fourth member
of our family
has passed

Yes, I am soft
and share your pain
dear daughter

It does hurt
because you love.
Written by Tenderloin
Author's Note
Tough parenting moment.
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