Birthday Letter Eleven Years On – Day 6 – GloNaPoWriMo 2019

GloPoWriMo 2019   (Prompt Day 6: Write a possibility poem)


Birthday  Letter  Eleven  Years  On  


If I could turn back the years

and have you here; your birthday

is tomorrow.


If I could talk with you again

and never talk of sorrow.


If you are still my first reader,

my editor; does that make this

any less a love poem?


If and what and where and when —

we had so much, the years rich,

if sometimes sad.


If I could turn back the years

And hold you in my arms again.


Not if, when on your birthday tomorrow.


Benita H. Kape © 7.4.2019


Notes: Of course it is a complete impossibility. But memories are not.

Pat & Benita 40th anniversary (1993) 001

40th wedding anniversary



2 thoughts on “Birthday Letter Eleven Years On – Day 6 – GloNaPoWriMo 2019

  1. I happened on your site while finding DaleGreeneArts piece on remembering her husband in diners. Funny how shared loss can draw a reader to a needed piece.

    Birthdays are the day I celebrate my husband with pizza and movies–whether I want them or not. We are almost always on break because my husband’s birthday was Dec 28th. The kid is home from school and we are at loose ends. So, pizza and movies in tribute–and in part, because that’s what we would have done had he lived. It is odd how life is constrained by the dead. It is a most tender snare that catches the heart. I think waves breaking on a shore line eventually wear down the rocks the way grief wears down the soul. There is less pain each year, but you’ve also lost a bit of the person, the knowing, the ever-presence of them as the grains are worn away. I guess the triggers are strong today. Normally I am not this melancholy before noon.


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