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.



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



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

and no amount of love letters
could compete to that