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A Letter to Aretha

by Alaya Carnes, ’26
Jordan Washington, ’26

Thank you

Thank you for your insight 


Thank you for the comforting lyrics

That eases my soul like sitting in a love seat


And with a journey that drags the bad

And lets it hang 


Reminding you of every time you felt uplifted 


I wanna say thank you

Because without you


I couldn’t see through my own eyes

That the way he works is not through the physical 

Or even the word of mouth 


But through the song 

That you let flow from your soul


So when the beat 

And the claps of other broken down folk


Slither through the Cathedral 


I remember you 

Remember each note you looped on the string 

I remember how you help them with song

I remember how he stood in that room with you

Saving you and Saving them 


So now he saves me

With soft tears dripping down my cheek 


I scream “Mary, Don’t You Weap”

And whisper “Martha, Don’t You Moan”


Because only you 

And him 

Can now understand my connection

To the song


I write this now

Not to send 

But for you to see


This is a letter

A letter to you 

A letter for God

A letter for me.

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