© Julie Bolitho 2018

postmarked

1 May 2007

I wrote you a letter

and postmarked it

from London

 

scribbling your address

in the States

across pretty stationary

 

and inside I said our friendship

reminded me of the chip of a brick

on the corner of a building

 

broken

never to be fused again

but still so close to home

 

and I pictured summer

schoolhouses

vacant of children and teachers

 

left in heat and stagnation

ruminating about the arithmetic

and history

 

and it may be because I ruminate

about our history

the way it all added up

and divided

 

I envisioned this

but when I think of you

I feel the fall

 

wet orange and brown

 

my favorite season

 

 

©Julie Bolitho.“postmarked,” Poem. The Offbeat: Tell Me Everything. Michigan State University Press: Vol. 7 (Spring 2007), p. 96.

 

 

 

 

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