There have been anxious words of late,
unintentional insults, slights;
hurt between family being all
the more personal.
Begrudging thoughts,
paths between us
widening every day.
Forgiveness seems far
and memory bitter.

But then,
a song on the radio,
an accidentally heard tune,
with reminders of a past life.
Emotion frees the chest
and suddenly the heart is longing,
searching again for that
familial memory.

After months,
I pick up the phone.