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Careful Cursive

I write each letter by hand in careful cursive. 
I want every sentence to be pretty,
to look feminine and delicate -
to soften the ugliness you face everyday.
After each line, I let the ink dry.
You don't deserve smudges.
You don't deserve any of this.

My words are foolish, 
full of meaningless descriptions
of meaningless events. 
But I can't sit here at this polished desk -
in this cozy room in this quiet house 
on this peaceful street
and write what I'm really thinking.
I can't be selfish.

So I keep writing my careful cursive
on my pretty stationary.
I keep sending my meaningless letters
into the ugly world - to wherever you are.
And no matter how many times
I open the mailbox, I'm never prepared 
for that hideous stamp,
that heartless phrase:
"Return to Sender."

Written: 1/27/2013
For Michael's "Boomerang" contest

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  1. Date: 2/25/2013 7:15:00 PM
    a sweet win~SKAT

  1. Date: 2/23/2013 4:44:00 PM
    Wow! This is so sad. It's a beautiful poem. I love the new window you've given me. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 2/20/2013 1:43:00 AM
    Many Congratulations on your win Heather luv xx

  1. Date: 2/19/2013 6:37:00 PM
    Ahh just like the elvis song Return to Sender ...Congrad's Light & Love Always

  1. Date: 2/19/2013 4:24:00 PM
    Heather, love your winning poem in Michael's "boomerang contest" always & forever :-) LINDA

  1. Date: 2/17/2013 1:03:00 PM
    Very very impressed by your poem, Heather. It's so deep and profound...and sad. Thanks for sharing this. I'm touched.

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 6:36:00 PM
    Adding this to my favorites. I envy your poetic abilities... I'm not going to lie! Seriously. And you are welcome for all of my kind words- they are TRUE! You are a super souper- you rock girl!

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 3:20:00 PM
    Nice voice in your writing

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 2:20:00 PM
    I like your poem. thanks for sharing

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 5:12:00 PM
    very creative write wishes

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 2:49:00 PM
    wow, this is amazing!! If I don't see it on the winners list, I will be shocked! How did you make such a beautiful and sensitive poem from that topic? Only you could do it!

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 2:49:00 PM
    another fave too!

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 12:39:00 PM
    Incredibly touching with the sadness and loyalty. It seems that you have hit on a good way of just how much to say and how much not to. In reply to your last comment, I just love studying the middle ages and reading books with older English. I even read the 1611 King James Bible because I think the language is so pretty. Did you know that the language used in it never existed at any given time in history? I have been told that it represents the epitomy of the English language.

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 11:24:00 AM
    Hi Heather this is brill, good luck in the contest, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 9:49:00 AM
    wow Heather, this is so good, good luck in contest,,

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 8:49:00 AM
    This is going straight to my favorites. I didn't know it was for the boomerang contest so I loved the surprise ending. I think this is an excellent interpretation of the contest.

  1. Date: 1/27/2013 7:10:00 PM
    This is a very creative entry into Michael's contest! A brilliant write that you have written here Heather! I really loved reading this delightful poem this evening! What an enlightening piece, Great Work!!