There’s a letter from you
that I carry
that nearly falls apart at the creases

You wrote it on Mother’s Day
over ten years ago
in place of a card

Filling the page with
all the words my mama’s heart
longed to hear

I read it on the days
when my soul needs
filling up

And across the miles
and over the years
your voice speaks from the page

Of love
and gratitude
and connection

Out of all the things I carry
this one letter
matters most