‘be brave’

Someone said ‘be brave’,
and not just in battle,
when taking away life.

Someone said ‘be brave’
when you stumble and fall,
get up now, and again.

I fell when my canine friend
Kaia took her leave 13 years,
7 months and 21 days later.

Can’t say how brave I am,
still feeling sorrow and loss
272 days after she took off.