This is what you tell your best friend still screaming
into the night on days when she remembers. You must
tell her she is a garden of light. You must listen to her
cry and not interrupt her. You plant flowers inside your
words, you must listen to her pain. You must not let
her die screaming her pains outside her body.
This is what you must tell your friend when she calls
you, unable to sleep, wanting for the darkness to go.
She wants to feel normal again. You must sit, place her
head on your thigh, then you must sing to her. This is
what you do when she calls telling you how she tried
living but the pain keeps coming back, you must
remember to plant flowers inside the words you give
her. You must call her a survivor, you must tell her she
is loved, you must never let her go.
You must show her light.
– Questions for Ada