In Memory of a Great Love Letter

NaPoWriMo Day 17
Our prompt for the day asks you to move backward in time away from such modern contrivances as podcasts. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that features forgotten technology. Maybe it’s a VCR or a rotary phone. A cassette player or even a radio. If you’re looking for a potential example, check out this poem by Adam Clay, which takes its central metaphor from something that used to stoke fear in the hearts of kids typing term papers, or just trying to play a game of Oregon Trail.

 

For today I am writing about what used to be the greatest tool of expression of love before emails and smartphones were born.

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In Memory of a Great Love Letter

 

your handwriting may not at all be easy to read
but you write with great measures and  surprises instead
yours was always, almost a perfect Hallmark Valentine’s card
not copy-pasted, all original but sweet and endearing indeed

 

a forgotten expression,
a forgotten love?

 

you spent hours thinking, writing again and again just to say
that your first kiss was so blissful it makes you fall  and stay
and the thought of it makes your legs felt like jelly at stray
such was her effect on you, so true but cliche

 

a forgotten expression,
a forgotten love?

 

oh, how time flies by so fast,  your pens and papers are no longer at stake
no drafts, no rewrites, no humiliations for heaven’s sake
for now, you can click on and just press send or take
whatever is forwarded by a friend, “just a piece of cake”

 

a forgotten expression,
a forgotten love?

 

gone are the days of scented papers and colored pens
sent through the backdoors or through one of your friends
‘Twas silly but fun; with all those letters in heart-shaped envelopes
for her, from you as an expression of love from a distance

 

a forgotten expression;
but never a forgotten love

 

P.S.

never did I ever
receive a love letter
in a scented paper
in a heart-shaped
envelope
from you; but ours
could top the
greatest love story
ever told

and no amount of love letters
could compete to that

Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at www.michnavs.wordpress.com, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC https://spillwords.com/what-if-snowflakes-dont-fall-in-winter/ Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links –https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-the-ravaging-virulent-covid-19-pandemic-a-special-journal/ –https://personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-womawords-june-edition/

40 thoughts on “In Memory of a Great Love Letter

  1. Sana ibalik ang kahapon,,,
    Kung saan sulat ang ugnayan
    at mga mata ang natatanging komunikasyon.
    Kung saan ang diwa ng harana
    ay isang romantikong sagisag.
    😊😊😊

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      1. Pilipino po tayo eh…sa puso at diwa… 😊😊😊
        Baliktad tayo.,,,
        Di ako kasinghusay mo gumawa sa English…
        Nauubusan ako ng vocabulary words…
        Hanga naman ako sa taglay mong galing sa pagsusulat ng English…pakiwari ko’y bihasa ka na sa wikang English…😊😊😊

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      2. I admire you..i salute you for that…ituloy mo lng yan..your doing great..i am learning tagalog as well. I have tried several tagalog poems but its not as convincing or heartfelt i think ..but i will try harder..lol

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      3. Magkakaroon din po iyan ng puso ❤️❤️❤️ Minsan iniisip ko kung pure Tagalog ka ba o hindi…kasi ang tatas ng English mo,,,napapasana all nalang ako habang binabasa ang mga poems mo..

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    1. I know Kate..those were the times when you know the letter you received was well thought of…and it made me sad to see very few Hallmark cards on display now adays … i still send cards though..😊

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      1. well you better send mine super quick coz it’s approaching rapidly!

        You’d need to send me
        a. your address
        b. your age
        c. your credit card number
        … then I will give it serious thought 😎

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  2. I do write letters of all sorts. Just saying hello, love letters to the Dear Husband, catching up with events in my life . . . but now, sigh, I haven’t been writing any letters because I fear I’d spread virus germs in the mail. (You know, in case I’m one of those asymptomatic carriers. I could be sick and not even know it!)

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  3. This is so beautiful, SweetMich!
    And it’s wonderful to receive a letter, especially a letter of love, in a person’s handwriting. I wonder today if some people even know what a friend’s handwriting looks like?! Hmm…
    (I still send snail-mail cards and letters! 🙂 )
    Actions of love are THE bestest…but it sure sure sure is nice to get those words of love verbally and on paper! ❤ 😀
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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    1. Thank you Carolyn…i still go to the bookstore and buy greetings card and write and send it too….
      I was suppose to write about real tangible gadget that’s almost been forgotten but this idea of writing letters have been in my head for a while and i thought why not do it for this prompt…
      😊😊😊

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