Thursday, August 30, 2012

365 Letters

Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.
~ Lord Bryon

a letter every day
July '67 ~ Vietnam
a family torn apart
as so many 
before ~
 after ~
 still ~

three hundred sixty-five letters
full of love, longing, fear 
strength, courage ..

letters bound in 
a bright blue book 
for all eternity


  1. that is really cool they are bound together in a book...i know that is a treasure...its pretty cool watching life develop in letters as well...

  2. Wow, this gives me chills. Indeed what a treasure to have all those letters bound and for the sender to have returned

  3. I got chills when I read this poem, just as I did at the Smithsonian exhibit of artifacts from Vietnam. Your poem is so spare but it says so much. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. How special to have! I have a bunch of letters that my grandmother saved from me when I was a child. It was amazing to go back and read them. So sad that people don't write any more.

  5. This is beautiful Helen.....glad you have those letters for the future generations to see.

  6. Direct and pointed and absolutely wonderful. This book is indeed true treasure as is your poem.

  7. Indeed what a treasure to keep...I live reading hand written letters...its poignant and sad that its a disappearing activity ~

  8. Letters to? Letters from? You're a woman of mystery today.

  9. Lovely - and an implied rebuke to the times in which we live when letter writing counts for little - some would put it at zero. A find stand on behalf of the spirit.

  10. What a special treasure this will be for future generations. The art of letter writing is fast disappearing. Excellent idea.

  11. What a treasure to have these letters bound in a book. Some day they will be of historical importance i think,

  12. how wonderful .... I use to love finding old letters at jumble sales etc as a kid and taking a peek at the past ...loved your poem thanks for sharing x

  13. I am sad that letter writing seems to have become a thing of the past although I still put pen to paper. This is a wonderful poem and should be on the first page of the blue book so that generations to come can read, reflect and wonder in awe.

  14. What a wonderful idea for a book! Dang, I didn't realize that I have been away from here for so long. I have enjoyed catching up. Hope all is going great and that you are having a nice long weekend.

    Kathy M.