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By LaurenDomagas, Pleasanton, CA

You were almost gone,
so close to
teetering over the edge
and being lost
in the abyss.

I could see that.
I couldn’t let that happen
to you.
Not again.

I was there,
to gather you-
always so strong, so passionate-
in my arms.
And for a moment,
it felt like you were
so small, so fragile
as I held you.

I said the words
that I had not
in a long time.
I told you them,
hoping that
the power

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