grip (n).

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I wanted to be not only
the woman you held and
sat next to at dinner parties, but
also the woman who stored
your delicate and sacred things.
I wanted when we gathered
to gather you and be gathered
after a day of scattering our efforts.

I wanted to be what lit up
your sky when it gets dark at night,
or maybe just the person who
steadied you on the days
you felt your foundation shaking.