Do Not Judge Me For Staying

Because I fear change –
and we have been together
for over forty years.

Because of guilt and repentance.

Because of our son, the grandchildren,
our circle of long-married friends.

Because of our home – the Victorian
he bought the day we met.

Because the old ash trees still
stand out front, casting
shade against a harsh sun.

Because I am gaining what some call grace.

Because, if blessed, romantic love
gives way to deep caring.

Because for-better-or-worse is
no change-of-mind promise.

Because I have nowhere else to go.

Let Healing Come
A Few Lines for Sue