#OctPoWriMo 2021 — Day 29: “Lonely Letters”




Lonely Letters

grandma knew loneliness,
and there are nights
I cling to her letters,
walk around in them
like I’m a parasite
infesting old gardens

like home in shared
looped script, all
the tendrils that
root us to
specific spaces
that are overgrown
with the daily trauma
of being alive

I hear her voice
in wind song, and
the choking inflection
of holding back tears
forces mine to brim

ghosts wait in every wing
to beckon me backwards,
every step forward
is more distance away
from those swollen gravesites
where the buried struggle
to find rest

teardrops burn the pages,
running rivers I’ll chase
in hope to find
the me that healed these things

old words like balm
that once poured from my mouth
to remind me
that the place around the bend
may be that saving wellspring
I know exists
because grandma showed me
during lonely moments,
and my cleansed eyes
will see the path again

Image by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay



Published by Jennifer Patino

Poet.

13 thoughts on “#OctPoWriMo 2021 — Day 29: “Lonely Letters”

  1. Oh yes, my sweets. Hold on to what grandma showed you. She was smarter than she let known. You are safe now.
    And look at you… OctoPoWriMo is almost over and you — wow, you rocked it. Swell. Steller job, Jennifer. Keep the pace. You’re almost there. Yay!

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  2. Another wonderful poem. The caring wisdom passed down from our elders — it’s a beautiful thing to carry with us and keep alive to aid us. And the hopeful strength in the last stanza. I’ll echo Selma Martin’s comment: you’ve done marvelous crafting daily poems this month. I add my hands to the applause πŸ™‚

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  3. This poem resonates. It evokes the feeling of connection and loss to grandparents so well. I have a deep sense of longing to be able to converse with some of my grandparents again now that I’m older.

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