A Portrait in Two Parts

By Rob Moorhead

Editor's Note: This is a piece created by a Fort Lyon resident in one of our creative writing classes led by writer-in-residence Kathy Conde last fall. 

I. Note to Self

I know mom just died. The rest of life is not going to be easy. I have no advice for you, you are on your own. There will be horrible times in your life that you must get through. These bad times will pass but you will have to fight. You will know when you are at these points in time, they will be obvious. I will not try to help or explain a way around these hurdles because then you will not become the amazing person that you are destined to become. You will live, learn, fight, struggle. That is life. And remember, never give up, never give in.

P.S. Stay away from Amy Conforti.

II. Untitled

I am from my mom. Not a place, not a time, not a date. She made me who I am, who I was, and who I will be. I am from her and she will always be a part of my life. I am from her and now hearing her voice and seeing her face, satisfied, at peace at times, but always having thoughts of letting her family down, and myself knowing that she did not. I am from my mom, and now, she is from me.