October 2023 Poem: What I Kept

A writer reflects on the items she held on to after her mother passed away.

by Kelly White Arnold | Illustration by Jenn Hales

Kelly White Arnold is a mom, writer, high school English teacher and lover of yoga. When she’s not
scribbling in notebooks or wrangling teenagers, she’s planning her next tattoo and daydreaming
about traveling the world.

Jenn Hales is a Raleigh-based artist and illustrator. Learn more about her work at jennhales.com

This poem originally appeared in the October 2023 issue of WALTER magazine.