Very nice writing as usual, Mike. Fun with tercets, I see. They can be a real blast if you have a specific purpose for them. I usually don't go with tercets unless I'm either writing villanelle, or I have a set of separate thoughts that stand away.
It's usually that stanzas with an odd number of lines (especially three) cause the reader to take a pause between each... which is why it's important that the stanzas have a separate, unified element about each one of them. You've done that here... each tercet is, indeed, separate and unified, but run with a common theme. The initial pause gave me just enough time to stop and reflect on each stanza individually, without breaking away from the flow too much. I guess what I'm trying to say is, awesome choice of format... makes me wonder how and where you learned to write...
One thing that I have to inquire about is that you kept it short, with just three stanzas... the way I read it, the absence of a fourth stanza seemed to leave a hole in the poem somehow. It's probably just because I tend to think of stanzas as inter-related... that there's a stanza, then a complimentary stanza, especially when you suggest as much by rhyming the last line of each. SO I don't know, it might just be me after all, which wouldn't surprise me at all... lol. Now I'm sure you have some reason for this... more pause-and-think time for the reader? Separating the last a bit more from the first two stanzas? Ran out of "what" rhymes? Or maybe you're the kinda guy who has number themes in his poems, like... three lines a stanza, three stanzas a poem...
Maybe I'm paying entirely too much attention to the choice of format, but that's what I do, right... and maybe you're shaking your head at me, thinking what a nut... heh... but if you had some specific purpose for your choice of stanza count I'd love to hear it. If not, no worries, I'm only just curious.
Struggling to make sense of my thoughts,
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.