My Life Line

Dedicated to my beautiful niece Ana

It’s an honor to be your uncle
And a blessing to receive your love through your drawings,
Whenever I need some joy in my life
It’s you that I always think of.

Spiritually, you’re always in my prayers
Emotionally, you’re the blood that pumps my heart,
Mentally, you’re constantly in my thoughts
And physically, is the only way we’re apart.

Since the day my sister Nina had you
I’ve loved you like no other,
Well, one other person loves you as I do
And that would be your mother.

It’s always delightful to receive a picture, or drawing
From you and I think I know it will be astonishing when I
See your pretty face close up, I love when your mom
Sends me pictures of you, and from the look of things
In your pictures, you’re growing up quick ☺

You’re the most precious person in my life and I’m
Proud of all that you do,
You bring infinite joy to my days and nights in
Prison, especially when you say to me “I love you.”


  1. VL,
    This is an amzaing poem and it deeply affects. The connection that you and your niece have is so awesome and I always admire a family that loves each other that much. Thank you for sharing your poem. -Patrick

  2. VL,
    This poem is beautiful. I can tell that your love for your niece is giving you joy and peace every day, and that is a wonderful thing. My favorite part is:

    “Spiritually, you’re always in my prayers
    Emotionally, you’re the blood that pumps my heart,
    Mentally, you’re constantly in my thoughts
    And physically, is the only way we’re apart.”

    You write brilliantly. Please continue to write, and thank you for sharing this with us.

  3. VL,

    Thank you for sharing part of your life with us.
    This was a beautiful poem. The strong love for your niece was evident. Your poem was raw, genuine,and wonderfully written! I hope to see more from you.

  4. Jordyn Salmon says


    This poem about your niece is truly touching, and the love expressed in it is easy for readers to apply to their own loved ones. Your care for her is clear to see, and I think your title really reinforces how much she means to you. Thank you for sharing this; it’s heartwarming to see that she is one of the brightest lights in your life.

  5. VL,

    This is a nice poem with honest and beautiful words and emotions. Family keeps us going forward no matter what and I can see that in your poem. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  6. VL,
    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece of writing. The relationship that you have with your niece is very inspiring and I hope that you two can reconnect soon. Keep writing! -Pat

  7. VL,
    Your poem is a beautiful gift to others, just like your precious niece Ana is a gift to you. I can almost see the love your family shares together even though you are separated from them. May Ana’s spirit continue to bring you joy, love and hope. Keep writing poetry!

  8. This was a very emotional piece for me to read. The love for your niece is so inspiring. The connection you have is so incredibly strong even though the physical distance between you is great. This poem portrays an unfailing love that survives through many different circumstances.

  9. Jen Deslattes says

    Thank you for writing and posting this. I have a niece and I feel the same way. It is a beautiful poem.

  10. Dear VL,
    This is such a beautiful poem. It filled my heart with happiness as I thought of my family, especially my older brother. Thank you for your poem, and Ana seems like the luckiest girl around to have you as an uncle.
    Hannah 🙂

  11. Such a beautiful poem, I could feel the depth of your emotion and it is expressed so fluidly through the different rhythms of your verses. The human connection that you have with your family is so beautifully captured here, what a lovely gift to them!

  12. Глеб Ланцман says

    This is a beautiful poem that you wrote. I’ve just read it here, in Russia, and I am impressed with the love you’re expressing for your niece. You wrote this one extremely well; I hope to read more of your poetry in the future!

  13. The first thing I noticed was the obvious feeling of love that emanates from every point in this poem. It is extremely clear how much the author appreciates and cares for his or her niece and I think this is very touching. I was drawn to the second stanza that has a specific arrangement that really expresses the different ways the niece affects this person’s daily life. I enjoy the change of pace from the other stanzas, and I think this message really stands out. I also noticed the use of enjambment and appreciate its ability to help the reader focus on specific phrases in the poem. The emotion I get while reading this poem is that the niece brings ultimate hope and happiness to the uncle. Also, it is clear that the niece is capable of making any situation have a positive side. I appreciate this loving relationship because I have an uncle that means the world to me, and I would hope I could give him happiness as well. I like the way the author sets up the poems into different stanzas. However, one suggestion for future poems would be to make each stanza surround a specific topic or idea that was different from the others. This form of organization is something I enjoy because it helps the story flow and also makes the storyline more clear. Lastly, I enjoy this poem because it genuinely makes me happy while reading it and that is something that is difficult to do. Overall, this was very well written and shows a lot of love and passion.

  14. This is a beautiful poem. You do a wonderful job of expressing how a little one’s drawing can mean the world, especially when it is needed the most. Although my situation is not the same, I, too, appreciate a child’s drawing and pictures. My five little cousins are the most precious things in my heart. They all live in different states than me, so I make sure to cherish every note or drawing that they give to me. In fact, I have even written a poem about my love for my cousins’ notes too! This made me love your poem even more!

  15. She sounds so beautiful. You can feel how much you love your niece with every line. I love the way you write, it’s so heartfelt and authentic.

  16. Gianna Torres says

    VL, The love you have for your niece is something I wish society could see and take in. We live in such a materialistic world, always concerned with the cost of things and the amount we are receiving hoping we get the best and biggest presents always. We want to be seen and known by others for our materialistic worth. The things you said in this poem really highlight the person you are and the values you hold. I think society forgets how in life material things really mean nothing. It is our relationships and the love and friendship we receive from others that truly matters. You have the greatest gift in the world and that is love. True love for the people in your life and the gift of love you recieve from your family as well. Thank you for letting me read this. -Gianna

  17. Elizabeth Diaz says

    This is a very sweet poem. It put a smile on my face. I am sure the person who you wrote it for will appreciate and cherish it forever. Thank you for being open to sharing a sensitive side of you. I like that you wrote how this person affects you spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Awesome job! They are lucky to have someone who cares for them as much as you do.

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