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I am writing you a letter
with a leaking ballpoint pen
with a handcut quill
with a stick of charcoal
with a dented typewriter

I am writing on paper
and leather
and vellum
and bark

I will tell you what it is like here
among the twisting jungle rivers
upon the ice floes
beneath the city bridges
beside the crumbling pyramids

When I am finished, I will
tie it up with string
seal it with wax
tuck it into a white business envelope
nestle it in a sandalwood box

I will give it to the postman
pay a traveling merchant to carry it
drop it into the ocean in a bottle
fasten it to the leg of a bird

As it travels, it will be
stained by water
marked with a tracking microchip
marred by picked-out stitching that once held it in the lining of a coat
imbibed with the scent of expensive cigarettes

And when at last it reaches you, as you are
crouched in the trenches
rushing for work in the morning
sleeping by the fire
staring restlessly through the blinds

My letter will tell you, wherever you are,
I love you
te amo
je t'aime
.. / .-.. --- ...- . / -.-- --- ..-
Written while musing on the interesting characteristics of letters as a mode of communication.
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Nimphaiwe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student General Artist
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:iconadanarama:
adanarama Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Thanks! =D
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:iconcrawling-meower:
Crawling-meower Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
:+fav:
I need to be more careful with timing, when i come to read your poetry. :=}
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:iconadanarama:
adanarama Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
How so? Had you just sent an important letter?
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:iconcrawling-meower:
Crawling-meower Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Was just writing one, with no intention to send it, and with the same content as yours...
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:iconadanarama:
adanarama Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
Oh... I don't know if I've ever actually written a letter I didn't intend to send - I think maybe once.
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:iconcrawling-meower:
Crawling-meower Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Neither have i, until now. Never had the need to. This was my first.
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:iconadanarama:
adanarama Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
You've lost your unsent-letter virginity. =P
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:iconcrawling-meower:
Crawling-meower Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Yeah. Only fair, as the non-recipient lost her normal one to me, so at least i give something back :=P
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:iconadanarama:
adanarama Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Sounds like an interesting relationship.
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