Let it stand outside your door all night in the pouring rain and
don’t pay attention to the rapid knocking.
After a while, it will stop
but its presence will continue to be a welcome mat
outside your front door.
Start wiping your feet on its chest,
start wringing it out in the dirt,
start using the back door instead.
When the sadness comes, tell it to leave.
Hold its bones in the palms of your hands
and say, ‘You do not belong here.’"