It has been 10 years since I boldly raised two bonus daughters in the face of their father’s addiction and downward spiral.
Much of my poetry at the time, reflected my struggle.
Raising the Bottom – November 14, 2008
Good Grief – December 21, 2008
Divorce Declaration – December 6, 2009
My poems were published as a three-part piece in the Community College Moment, Volume 11, Spring 2011. The focus was “Recovery.”
What most don’t know is that I, too, was suffering from own tragedy, which in part, sent my (then) husband on a dark journey he has not yet recovered from.
I wrote about my own experience in “Who Me? Yes you. (Me, too)”
Since I was first published in the September 1998 Blender of Love Digest. Long before anyone knew who “Just L” was as I didn’t pen under my own name until 2015, the year I was first nominated for the National Poetry Series, I had only written about two subjects: Love and Loss.
This month, I received the most wonderful gift when my youngest bonus daughter, now 23, texted me:
She plans to use her benefits as a flight attendant to visit me at my casa in Puerto Vallarta soon.
My heart is full.
~ Just L (October 26, 2018)