When the bad news came
I was shocked
By the ferocity
Of the words;
The implications
And the devastation
And the betrayal

Shaking,
I woke my lover
And
He held me in his arms
While I curled myself
Into the smallest ball I could
And cried

And that
Was all I needed
To be able to do

In that moment
When I was trying to find
Comprehension

– Judi Reed, 2014