Today I am broken
my heart has a crack a mile wide
to the tune of her voice singing to beat the band
to the ring of her laughter at a joke’s punch line
to the twinkle in her eyes as she let loose with a pun
to the brilliance as she solved the NY Times crossword
to the skill of a master teacher inspiring her students
to the unbreakable bond between her and my daughter.
I fill the crack with my memories
making myself whole again
honoring my mom as she would want
carrying her with me
crying as I smile
laughing through my tears
loving through my pain.
I am repaired
kintsugi healing the rifts
and rips left behind.