You lose

Tonight I’ve sobbed over

Unknown faces

Or faceless names. 

Tributes – so heartfelt 

And world-weary – that

Can never explain 

The pain 

The torture

Of inexplicable loss. 

And amongst the empathy

And the tears, 

A growing fear – 

Cancerous

Dangerous – 

Invades the mind 

And life as we know it. 

. . . . . . . We can’t let them win. 

So I hug my loved ones a little longer, 

Smile at strangers a little sweeter, 

And celebrate diversity a little louder. 

You do not win with death. 

You lose.  

Because love lives on

 in life

And in death. 

You lose. 

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