Comforting Escape

A short poem on grief and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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The doctor’s call
Confirmed the catastrophe
Would be over soon

The medicines weren’t working
Future care deemed futile
The numbness consumed me

The hospital’s two-person limit
Kept me tightly trapped
But I escaped, to her

She opened her gates
Terraformed my troubles
With her delightful designs

Her potted plants
Scented candles
Comfy couches

The fake fireplace flickered
At just the right pace
To quell the thought of him

By Steven Coffin

Steven Coffin is a freelance writer and grant writer from Indiana. He spends his time helping nonprofits, writing, playing games, and running on the trail! He can be found on Twitter @StevenCoffin21

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