Love Letter on Your Birthday

You’d be 85

If you were still

            Alive?

Do I mean

―Living?

            Or merely breathing?

Because

You Live

Still

            ―As memory and inspiration―

In the hearts

Of so many

            Names and faces

I’ll never know;

Along with those

You never knew

            ―Find you

Captivating

With your capacity

For Love

Stretching

The boundaries

            Of possible

Between the pages

Of my book

            And their own stories

Still

―Unfolding.