The Day the Letter Came - Linda Ellis Author Speaker Poet

The day the letter came - A True Story 

Her child died. She felt as if she were choking, unable to bear the emptiness or breathe her way through today let alone the rest of her life. How could she live with out her only child and how could she ever go back to the life she once had.  Now that she is longer a mother she will never care about anything or anyone again. She wanted bury herself and her grief in the coffin with little Shannon. She wanted life to be over. 

On the day she received the letter she had finally left the house to run the simplest of errands. She would drive to the post office, pick up her mail, grab a Starbuck’s and sit by the lake and watch the people walk and run by. She was invisible to them and she liked it just fine. She was sick of talking about “how she was doing” and she was sick of explaining how it happened. “She’s dead” she thought, does anything else really matter? Relieved to be the next person in line she asked for her mail and left quickly. No one seemed to notice the zombie right in front of them. Maybe she is dead - a tortured spirit haunting the earth until she can be reunited with her spirit child. Then she felt the paper in her hands, the cold steel and tile on the counter, the thunk of the car door and the rattling of the keys as she turned the ignition and the heat on her legs. She drove home, read through the mail while simultaneously checking her email. She opened up an email from Linda Ellis and read the words accusing her of copyright infringement and theft. She would not make it to the park that day or any other day. That day would be one of the worst days of her life.