Today’s prompt at NaPoWriMo is to write a poem inspired by the act of letter writing.
The Best Things
Mom always used to say that the best things in life do not cost a thing
And she was right. Some of my warmest memories are of times spent
Talking late into the night with family, friends, lovers. Those memories
can cut through the most bitter and cold times, making my heart glow.
Whether those talks were lighthearted silliness, consoling one another
Or heartfelt confessions of love and tenderness, they dwell eternally
In spaces of my being which nothing or no one can ever take away.
And sometimes, volumes have been spoken without a word parting anyone’s lips.
Just a feeling of belonging with one another. Sprawled around a campfire, cuddled on
A couch in a darkened living room watching movies or listening to music, or lying with
an ear to someone’s chest…oh those silences have been golden. True comfort with
Another being. It doesn’t get any better than that. Sweet, silent spaces are the home of
real love between people. That’s when you just know.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how precious it is to hear the joyous laughter
Of someone dear ringing in the air. It is a sound sweeter than the most well composed
Works of any master. Seeing a wide smile that reaches the eyes is a sight to behold, for
It is so genuine. When the faces that I love are illuminated and animated with happiness
My own soul sings a song of pure bliss. For my wish is for my loved ones to know such
elation that it surpasses their dreams. It is contagious symbiosis.
So many have touched my life with these most simple, most precious joys and I
Have to say thank you. Without each and every one of you, my life would have
Been less rich and full. When looking back over time, whether decades ago or only
Yesterday, my mind plays these moments back, and it is like watching the most
Beautiful tapestry imaginable being woven, one gossamer strand at a time. From the
Bottom of my heart, I send my gratitude for the light that you have all shined into
My life. It will live forever, and I will always be a better person for having known you.