empty envelopes

clatter of soldier thread
marching
in a muck mud hole
deep boot dry cobbler nail tear
crack
like a “we want You”

painted
poster,

rain of dissension washes off colors
into storm drains
with

papershredscutout
military boys

scissored rusted clipped;

but he joined
disagreement with his father
goodbye “i’ll show You!”

steelrailtrainridetrack NYC
from afar

watched scenery still,
all the same

tree
sun
green
night dark,

held her phone number tight
grip finger 
remember,

YMCA stay
phone booth dialed
close,

anxious
anxious,

undecidedmotherquestion
deep pause
receiver cupped smothered

gasps
gasps,

“it’s for You…”

sweet sixteen bobby sox saddle shoes
running to grab the
young man’s
conversation,

meet, love at sight first

a day
a day

military ship foreign port sails

a day
a day,

they love letter write intense
stamps
fall off

glue can’t breathe;

emotions swim back and forth

in the sea
in the sea

three plus long years,

a fight…

letters taken out by each
with doubtful,

not wanting too fingers,

wordspicturesthoughts
into dumpsters

leach through rust,

find the storm drains

but

happily ever after
i thought…

Copyright © 09/12/2013 Ð Ṝ Ƣ Ñeedle & Ŧhread®

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2 comments on “empty envelopes

  1. God.
    A weltering storm of emotion. The images elide into feelings elide into images, a constant back-and-forth that keeps me from feeling flayed by the barrage and instead draws me into this wrenching mental slideshow. It’s very much like watching your memories through a train window:
    flickflickflickering
    clacking and rocking between
    hope and
    sadness and drawing
    ever onward…

    Exquisite.

  2. Madeleine,

    You are the dark blue steel track to my rail (my writing). Love your eloquent, beautiful words, thoughts — support of my work!! THank You!!

    L/ Ð Ṝ Ƣ 

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