These words were written by my mother,
Vera Wardner Dougan, to my father
early in their marriage.
If I could give to you one only gift
To hold forever in remembrance of me
'Twould be the peace that enters in the heart
When love comes there to dwell all silently.
I'd warm it in the silver of the moon
And tie it with the distant purple haze;
I'd seal it with a baby's little smile,
And send it so, to gladden all your days!
2022 Jacqueline Jackson