My dog-eared copy of "New and Selected Poems, Volume 1" has a handwritten note on the title page that reads -
New Year's Day, 2005
The light within these poems-of-the-heart begins and continually recycles back through "Wild Geese".
Mary, your poetry shined light on a world that I would have otherwise never known, although I felt it, deep inside my soul since before I was born. You gave me a common language to express the wonder of it all, and this helped me connect with people who knew the same secret language that I learned from you. I'm especially grateful for this because people were never my favorite species to commune with, but they've gotten so much better since I discovered your poetry.
Because of you - I shine!
Even in my darkest hours!
And so will you...and so will you.