There’s a pain that never leaves my heart
of not knowing who my family are
being removed from my country, culture and people
but I can acknowledge,
there’s been a collateral beauty
in everything that’s happened.
It doesn’t make up for
it just simply is
my children would not be here
if it weren’t for all my losses.
Life is a strange thing
the griefs are so deep
the struggles sometimes so intense
the moments of gain so valuable.
I chose to consciously live
and accept that it all coexists.
Inspired from watching the film, Collateral Beauty.
About Lynelle Long