So much was made of the heading,
the greeting, the body, the salutation.
Red line drawn down the right side of
the white lined composition paper to
align the home address with the closing-
“Sincerely yours,” and my new signature.
Penmanship and punctuation- a must.
Rewrite it, do it again, not right? Again.
Stamps purchased for their artistic beauty.
There were special boxes of pastel, floral
themed stationary or was it stationery?
Finding a letter in my mailbox today made
me sit on the steps to read it, to follow the
numbers of the pages, to keep track of the
anecdotes about people we once knew,
last week’s weather, a meal made for dinner.
And as I read it, I heard it all in your voice,
the way I’d seen it done in so many movies.
I sat for a moment to think of how I should
write you back, mention the coming season,
ask about your health or wish you well before
closing with a “Truly yours,” or “All the best”.