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




18 comments:

  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...

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

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  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.

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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  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

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  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.

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  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.

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