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THE LETTER

                              
Words slanted across the brittle yellowed paper.
Faded ink in the perfect loops and precise dainty dots
of a time when proper handwriting mattered.
A faint scent of tea rose still lingered in linen weave.

My darling Frank, I hope you are well.
I am fine, but sad for want of you on our first anniversary.
I felt the baby kick today, a tiny tender flutter.
I pray the Navy gives you leave for the birth.

Your little sister went to her winter dance with a dashing escort.
She is turning into quite the young lady.
We shopped for her dress, found a perfectly lovely
saffron colored chiffon, with a modest neckline, of course.
Her date gave her a pale yellow orchid corsage.
His hands shook as if he had palsy when he pinned it on her.

Mr. and Mrs. Beason at the market asked after you,
and said you are in their prayers.
It amazes me how fond they are of you after
spending your youth stealing apples from their displays.

The senior high basketball team lost at state.
It still seems odd to see someone else wearing your number 
on his jersey. It feels like only yesterday it belonged to you.
The number seven. Seven days of loneliness each week.
Seven months you have been away.
Seven times past infinity is how much I love you.

I try to keep busy knitting baby clothes.
I have lunch with the ladies on the block twice a week.
And I am sitting in our pew at church each Sunday
wondering if you have the comfort of attending church too.

How is Hawaii?  Warm, sunny, and breezy?
We are having a cold snap. Three inches of snow fell last night.
I know life aboard the Arizona is hard, 
but keep your head up and your heart strong.
You won’t be in Pearl Harbor forever.

Love always, Dottie
December 6, 1941	




Our state poetry days are coming up. Last night I pulled up the contest list. 
For one, the subject was The Letter. I grabbed my paper and a pen and held 
on for the ride. The poem pretty much wrote itself after the first stanza in less 
than 30 minutes. I was amazed at the story that formed on the page. I guess 
Dottie, whoever she was, really wanted to be heard.

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  1. Date: 7/18/2014 12:56:00 AM

    Oh this is so beautiful, I love this!
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 7:53:00 PM

    Brilliant! You have captured that sad period in a snapshot so well. Heartfelt.
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 6:19:00 PM

    Hi Monterey what a lovely ,but sad letter you have written here. Sounds like this is a true event, not just fantasy. well done my friend. I enjoyed....peter
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 11:07:00 AM

    What a sad one..I feel that I know the ending but hoping that for the young lady that he survived..Reads like a winner to me..Thanks for the visit to my page.Sara
  1. Date: 7/16/2014 8:07:00 PM

    This is really amazing, it reads as if you were there all along, aside them all the way, perhaps in your past life? you did Dottie and her loved one justice it read like a winner to me, all the way girl xxxx
  1. Date: 7/16/2014 5:34:00 PM

    wowowowow, this IS amazing. I just love how you made it be a guy on the doomed ship. It makes it so sad and yet something that we can all think about when we remember those men who did so much for our country. Glad I "pushed" you!! and it looks like the state poetry days inspired you the most.
  1. Date: 7/16/2014 10:36:00 AM

    This is so interesting and thought provoking. I truly enjoyed reading it and hope you win any contest you enter it in. Thanks for sharing this and happy writing. God bless you.
  1. Date: 7/16/2014 8:44:00 AM

    I am so amazed at how perfect this piece is. I shouldn't be because I feel that way each time I read your writing. This should be read at every rememberence day. It makes the soldier feel like a real human being, relavant, warm and significant. You weaved him into the fabric of my mind.

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