by mail

Written for:  The Twiglets #76 – “by mail”

when mail was delivered
by stagecoach
words written
in a letter
might no longer apply

stands by mail-
box, tries
to decide
whether to send
a letter that could
change her life

He sent for a mail-order bride
a docile girl who would comply
with whatever he asked
no matter the task
two weeks later he died, poisoned by cyanide

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to by mail

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Ha! What a twist! 😉


  2. Jules says:

    After reading the first two stanza, before the Limerick – I did think of Mail Order Brides!
    But the Limerick… I wonder how much of that could have really happened. And did she take her grieving self…(ha-hem) back to where she came or stay to start fresh? 🙂


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