In the unposted letter
patterned with tiny birds
and rows of tiny fishes,
I refine the matter.
A tight little poem inspired by one of my favourite occupations, letter writing.
There are three other poems on the blog inspired by old-fashioned written correspondence:
It should not be polished
Things of the heart, told in quiet
These poems appear in my books In the Ocean: a year of poetry and Emily’s Poems for Modern Boys .
At the end of last year, I wrote these two companion poems inspired by the postman’s deliveries:
Without realising it, the postman leaves a poem
Another drop in this week before Christmas
Find me on Twitter where I tweet about my letter writing and Bachata dancing. I’m @BeadedQuill.
I also have a third book (which was actually my first title) – Shining in Brightness: Selected Poems, 1999 – 2012. Preview it by clicking here.
3 thoughts on “In the unposted letter”
Love this. As a writing prompt. I am playing with found poetry/blackout poetry using old letters sent to me (not so OLD, but still…)
Greetings Jen. Thank you for your kind compliment. Your writing prompt process sounds most effective. I hope it’s yielding some good poems. Yours, BQ