I met her in a place where my body
and mind were tested to its core. She
embodied the essence of life itself.
You could see it in her eyes and hear it
in her voice. Every day she amazed me,
waking up with so much energy. I
woke up every day cursing it to
hell. I longed for my home and when it was
time, we all said our good-byes, along with
a floating “Keep in touch.” Life rolled on and
contact was kept. Off to Japan, she went.
Following dreams of places unseen and
ultimately, falling in love. At her
reception we said, “Congratulations!”
The years flew by. Then the call that her heart
had been broken by the one she loved. So
far away, I couldn’t embrace or find
the right words. Instead, I stumbled upon
a silver heart necklace with a design
of a band-aid placed in the center and
etched in the back a single word, Heal. It
was perfect. With love and friendship, I sent
it. The years have passed from the moment we
met, fifteen to be exact, and contact
has been kept. When she calls, her hello alone
can wake up your entire soul. I’m glad
she’s in my world and I’m in hers.
Let’s keep in touch forever.
– Angelica Mercado
I hope you guys are well.
The poem above is about an unlikely friendship between a pessimist (me) and an optimist (my friend). Still, we thrived and genuinely enjoyed talking and visiting each other throughout the years. I was born and raised in New York City, but my heritage is that of Puerto Rican descent. My friend, Leticia, was also born here, but her heritage is that of Colombian descent. We met at basic training in the ARMY back in 1997 and I will never forget how proud she was to be a Colombiana. In the Army, we weren’t that close of friends because there were many in our group, but afterwards our long distance friendship grew into something that I cherish very much to this day. I can easily describe Leticia as someone who lives life with complete passion and unwavering determination, plus she does it all with a fearless attitude. She’s a great inspiration and I honestly look up to her.
Take good care all.
Until next time…
P.S. I would like to give a shout out to Cristian Mihai at www.cristianmihai.net because I took his words, “To just write,” to heart and that’s what I’ve been feeling lately. I’ve been wanting to write and so I have. Thanks Cristian and the best of luck to you. Take care!