I left a message for you in a book.
It is like me to mark provocative phrases,
to shake them out in ponderous verses.
Do not read too much in the fallout,
the notes in the border are for nostalgia’s sake.
I dreamt of you  last night
 My adversary
Your aura I barely recall.
My suffering is in not knowing what is real and what is not.

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79 thoughts on “The Letter

  1. I really like this poem about notes in a book. I do that myself. Later, I go back for the inspiration that lingers and put stories together in my head. Lovely image too. The look in her eye needs a note in her margin as well.

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          1. I was cruising the university library in between classes and people were always domating books so I was just trying to find the oldest book they had. I found a travel book about Europe from the late 1800’s and in it was a beautiful hand written note to a lady from her suitor. He was obviously well educated and well traveled. He was pouring out his love to her in that old hidden Victorian way. It was so magical, I placed it back on the shelf for someone else to discover. I never forgot that and now appreciate what others may think someday with all my philosophical notations in the margins of my collection. I have books that date back to 1812 to current novels. It’s my dream world I love to visit.

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          2. That’s magical ! It would’ve been hard for me to leave that but yes, something so amazing cannot be owned by strangers. That’s incredibly romantic.
            I’ve have a book going back to the Civil War passed on for generations, it needs rebinding . It’s a treasure.

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          3. They still hold their intrinsic charm and connect us directly to the past when they were newly bound and coveted by their first owner, now us. The difference is they can still speak to us unlike the more mysterious artifacts we have to decipher.

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  2. Knowing what’s real and what isn’t is an eternal dilemma . Beautiful, evocative poem. Really nice image that’s perfect for the poem.

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  3. Ontological uncertainly…my fave! Adversary…which is the name of Satan in the Book of Job, which is by the by his first appearance, going to and fro. Some people are natural teases. As for messages in a book, revelations. Loved the poem sorry for the digressions.

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  4. Notes in the borders are important reminders that nothing is real.
    We get to make it up, and we go along.
    I’ve designed the costumes for movies, using my border notes.
    Love that your prose has brought nostalgia to me, today! ❦🌹❦

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  5. Finding a message in a book is a bit of magic, along with the book itself.
    And coincidentally–in a novel I just read, a girl was in a prison camp, and she was slowly reading–translating–a book. When she got partway through, she started finding messages that the boy who gave her the book had written in it for her.

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    1. That’s beautiful, you must give me the name of the book. I recently read The Diary of Anne Frank (again) a gold mine of inspiration and the very heart of humanity, I hope we will always treasure the thoughts written , the cave art of modern man that says. “We were here” and this is what our world was. Thank you so much Merril.

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      1. Buongiorno, ho effettuato ancora una volta l’iscrizione al tuo blog. I miei migliori saluti☀️🌸

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