There’s something serene in the welling of tears
A calm in the heaviness that starts in my throat
And is anchored in my gut
Peace of mind comes from my furrowed brow
Inhaling the cold, still loneliness
Exhaling their distant warmth
I give thanks
Knowing that somewhere,
An unfathomable number of miles away
There are people whose chests also ache
Whose eyes won’t be dry
Who miss me too.
Maeve Wall is 2015-2016 ETA at Sadaebucho Elementary School in Daegu.