The Message

I had sent a reminder
to the family,
you included,
to try to win a home
in Miami,
our old home,
the family’s roots,
and still central core,
to try to win
a way back home,
to try to win you
back home.
But my email sent to you
had bounced back,
your address had
permanently failed
mailer-daemon said,
my message to you had
permanently failed
to reach you.

Now all I have is
my poetry,
this site,
a “public” forum,
I know,
or at least as public
to the five people
in our family
who read it.
But still,
how else am I
to reach you-
that is-
if I in fact do?
How else
can I hope
that our connection
isn’t a permanent failure?

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