Poem-A-Day Challenge: Day 22

April is National Poetry Month so I’m tackling the Writer’s Digest 2019 April PAD Challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer.

Today’s prompt: Write a correspondence poem. Maybe write a poem that would fit on a postcard or in a letter. Or write a poem about correspondence school. Or jump into newer forms of correspondence like e-mail or text messaging. Of course, not all correspondence is connected to communicating; sometimes one thing corresponds to another by being similar.



Dear ————— and —————,
You two were called to mind today when I looked across
a deserted schoolyard to the late-day slant of sun. For
some reason I imagined all the trim, haunting words
you would have found to describe it: witty, tight
phrases resplendent in symbol, ripely figurative,
spare but worthy of complex explication.
(Just writing this I blanch at my own language, so
plodding and dense, am sure you will be tempted
to take your red pens to it.)
And yet I know better. I recall you all these
years later because you applauded the
essaying, held my robin-egg words with such
tender care, even when you had to show me the
jagged shells and point me to the emptiness I
hadn’t known was there.
Your former student,