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 again last night
my adversary
whose aura I barely recall.
My suffering is not in knowing what was real
but what was not.

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122 thoughts on “The Letter

  1. I really like this–and wonderful closing lines, Rene.
    Did we discuss leaving notes in books another time, or was that someone else? Deja vu all over again? 🤣 There was a book I read about a young woman in a Stalin-era concentration camp, and she has a book with a note written in it that she finds some time later.

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    1. I think we did discuss the book, your mentioning that books brings to mind The Diary of Anne Frank, one of the most amazing pieces of literature ever and by a very young girl under unimaginable circumstances. Thank you dear Merril.

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  2. Adore this poem!
    If I told you all the thoughts brought to mind reading this, it would be 10 times longer than the poem.
    Let me just say; notes in the margins of scripts, treachery and dreams more real than life. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Resa, want to add a verse or two? I’m always keen on collaboration! Reading long poems is not on my love to do list as you know. I do leave notes in the margins and bend corners . You should see my Lady Chatterly’s Lover 😊

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      1. Ohh, I haven’t read that! But I read Keith Richard’s “Life”. Lover!!!
        Short poems rock! Let’s not make a Rime of the Ancient Mariner out of everything. Although that one line…. water water everywhere, nor a drop to drink is very memorable.
        Let’s chat about a poetry colab!
        Love you! xoxoxoxoxo

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      1. This is one of these pieces where, you read the first line and you think WOW. And then you read the second line and you think wow…WOW.. and every line builds that way. The ending is brilliant. and very true I think.

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  3. Such beauty in so few words. It’s impossible to describe how transportive your poem is. I feel it in my heart and soul and then *poof* I’m lost again inside my own thoughts, transported to the scene. And doesn’t Tom do beautiful artwork to go along.

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      1. I’m so happy with the aura of inspiration that hangs out at House of Heart. It’s like a cozy fireplace that welcomes and warms all who stop by. So many of my favorites are here. Steve Hanks always amazes me with his realistic art that is so expressive. It just fit so well with the vibe I got from the poem. I reblogged your poem from the reader and it did a WP weird trick on me. It wouldn’t let me comment, but I could edit the post to add an attribution to you as the author. Right when I get used to it again, it pulls a new trick on me. Such quaintness just adds to the magic, I suppose. Have a lovely weekend, Rene.

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          1. I’m going to try to tame my wild and free spirited lawn. Don’t try this at home. It’s total bad grassery. I hope you get a chance to get down to the beach and ocean waves just right for ankles.

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          2. The beaches are closed here thankfully. They were open for a while but recently our mayor closed them again. People don’t know how to behave in a pandemic. I’m staying close to home when I’m not working. Have a good weekend Dan. It’s terribly hot for lawn work. 😎

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          3. Ahhh, I momentarily forgot about the issue with crowds at the beach. You are right. The virus is going to have to teach the foolhardy a lesson before they learn to be safe for their sake and for others. It is hot. I may have to stop and jump in the kiddie pool a couple of times.

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  4. Your words are amazing, you mix mystery with passion and emotion and stir it up and the scent is purely hypnotic. I read this a few times and your choice of art seems like a gift. Your verses become messages that reaches the reader and doesn’t let go. Entrapment at its best but pleasurable.🌹

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  5. Oh, yes… Love this!
    And, last year, or was it the year before? I read a book by Claire Fuller called “Swimming Lessons” – one of the characters collects books with notes inside, in the margins, etc. A wonderful read!

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      1. If I could, I’d lend it to you! Claire is, or rather was, before become a world-famous author, a Friday Fictioneer. She is writing her fourth novel as we speak. I’ve read all three of hers and they are all unique and excellent. I like to encourage my fellow bloggers when they write books. I have Resa’s and its on my to-read!

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          1. Really good.
            You know. I have no time to work. There is way too much reading to do. Plus, with the challenges I partake in, that sucks a huge amount of time (because I read almost everyone else’s take on a prompt… )
            I have it downloaded. Just need to read it!
            I think I’ll read it once I’ve finished the one I’m reading.

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  6. Beautifully penned, My Dear!! Really loved these lines – “My suffering is not in knowing what was real
    but what was not.” So wonderfully pensive and yearning!!! Bellissimo, Holly, Bellissimo!
    xoxo
    😘💖🌹

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