7. Customary

7.Customary
I am busy
When I long to be
     Still
Visitors and phone calls
Emails;
Flowers and food arrive
And I make lists―
People to thank
A party to arrange
     ―Strange
This custom of efficient activity
When what I need
Is to be
     Still
Like her
Resting
     Weary from this shared journey
I proposed
Postponing
Her “celebration”―
But this is not
The custom
―The community needs
Closure
Was your answer.