The Price We Pay



disorder or disease

sign of weakness

some would say


it is the price

we pay for living

an emotional, physical

spiritual necessity

part of who we are

the price you pay


for love

the cure for grief

it is to grieve

own it

hold it close

treasured, nurtured

it is the price

we pay for caring

the journey of life

requires travel luggage

grief is our carryon luggage

our constant companion

the price we pay

for being

© 2017 michael d emmerich