Written by Allison Riechman-Bennett
Art by Allison Riechman-Bennett

Do not waste tears on others, but cry for yourself; hold yourself.
Rest with the knowledge that those who meant you harm are numbed and away-
not permanently, but distanced enough to give you time to reframe their known slights and vices.
Breathe in now and exhale into covers, hold them tight against your chest so you can feel the force you hold, both inside and out.
They did not know you or they would have managed love at least.