Russell Thornton


Letters - Poem by Russell Thornton

I threw away your letters.
Years ago, just like that.
The tight black swirls,
circles and strokes
filling fine sheets -
I would not see them again.
The last items I had left.
The dates. The phrases.
The things you said. Forfeited.
Snowflake patterns.
Leaf diagrams.
Crushed. Melted. Dissolved.
The flooding run-off
at the backed-up
street corner drain
collects it all.
Only the opening
of a strong seal far below
could allow that pool
of darkening rainwater
to run and drop away
between the slats.
If I were to recover
the lost key of the cursive,
I would in one instant
want back again what I saw
in the images
the hand traced out for me.
And would be denied
even the little
the letters kept of you
and be released
into nothing but more time.

Topic(s) of this poem: love and life


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 10, 2016



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