THE SAD DEMISE OF LETTERS

Which were once found,
to be tucked in a breast pocket
or deftly folded underneath
the pages of a book unread
or secured under a flower vase
placed by the corner of a table;
are now being saved in
a drafts folder to be sent.

Which were once preserved,
in a special place for them
to be served, often,
in remembrance of a person held dear;
in regrets, in love—they were sodden
in declarations, in apologies, affirmed;
stacked,
in the event of being left unopened,
after receipt from a mailbox or the person who hand-delivered.

With alphabets formed,
in cursive loops neatly trimmed;
wherein the finality to determine
the intention of the writer stays,
in pages folded in squares
with lines left by the
reader absent-mindedly,
after being opened,
read and further unread.

Where transmission is quicker
than a handwritten note or a letter,
has caused the wait,
anticipation to no longer suffer;
even, the excitement of receiving
a letter no longer occurs;
it has abated,
in the age of
messages and e-mails.

Where with a click,
a message now sent
is instantly delivered,
and, so, is the desire to
wait, write or reply;
has left us to part,
leading to their sad demise
that once came in a box
or a pile of treasured notes and letters,
which evinced longing, hope or a desire.

– Shweta Kher

7 comments

  1. johncoyote · May 14, 2020

    I love letters. I miss the days of letters. I kept my letter when I was in the Army. They can be reread and we can remember people and places. Hello dear Shweta, I hope you are doing well and keeping safe.

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    • Shweta Kher · May 14, 2020

      Indeed, letters are evocative and are remembered tenderly. I love and miss writing them, too.
      Thank you John for sharing your personal views on this piece. I am doing well, thank you. I hope you are well and safe too. 🙂
      Take care, dear friend.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. SToicSimranTakkar · May 14, 2020

    This is so relevant and beautifully delivered. I still write and save letters in read books to revive the fragnance of those crushed roses that unfold menories.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Shweta Kher · May 14, 2020

      Thank you so much, Simran. I agree. Letters have a sense of belonging and yearning that stay with you, far from long. And, letters secured in read books are the best hidden corners. 🙂
      Stay safe you. Take care.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. akshita1776 · May 14, 2020

    So true

    Liked by 1 person

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