Monday, November 18, 2013

MAGPIE...Prompt #194



THANK YOU, Tess, for Magpie Tales..


DEAR JOHN,

I can't imagine that you will actually receive this.  Perhaps you have longevity in you as we do in our family.

By rights, we both could have passed on to our eternal rest by now.  This old woman, reading your letter, little resembles the scarlet tressed girl you just proposed to.

Did anyone know your mind?  I didn't.  We spoke rarely before you left the hospital, poor wounded soul, and yet our tiny flirtation seemed to stir within you a dream of permanence only now uncovered.

Life is so odd, don't you think?  I have sadly survived my sister Anne, who introduced us.  And she the beauty I was sure you fancied.  Yet here am I holding your letter, found neatly folded at the bottom of a faded bundle.

Who unsealed it and then put it aside, for me to never see, until a moment ago, sixty years later?

I led a good life, lost much I loved.  Perhaps similar to yours.  At the end we are all so much alike.  Looking for clues as memory fades.  Was this really me?

I wonder now if you survived the war.  Or gone perhaps these many years.  Maybe my words will just shake up your ghost.

Eyesight faded, I sit daily at the window of my daughter's home, wishing for life to be a dream.  Today it became one.  If you are still willing, I think I will say yes for you to come to call.

Fondly,
        Maggie


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19 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

Excellent writing!

bridging the past with the future

Karen S. said...

I just bet it's not too late! His heart still pines for her!

Lyn said...

Hi gautami tripathy-
Thanks so much..by the way, I'm never able to leave a comment on your site..I keep trying, but...

Lyn said...

Hi Karen S.-
Ah yes, another romantic! Thanks...

Kathe W. said...

oh I hope he did answer- love is ageless. Thanks for such a lovely poem.

Helen said...

Dear Lyn,
This brought tears to my eyes ...
Fondly,
Helen

Lyn said...

Hi Kathe W-
Thank you..it was fun to get into this mindset!

Lyn said...

Hi Helen-
Many thanks..I never did that before, (tears that is)...."fondly"...

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Beautifully written and in the wrong hands it could have gone sappy but it didn't. I swallowed hard but no tears...again beautifully written, thanks Lynn, I needed to read an exquisite dream.

Lyn said...

Hi Blue Sky-
What a lovely thing to say..at times it's good to try something different...thanks, Mary Ann...

Kutamun said...

Better late than never, Maggie .....
Very beautiful .....
Amazing creatures , humans , how their imaginations are able to suspend things in time , perfectly preserved , makes you wonder about the nature of time ......
Cheers

Lyn said...

Hi Kutamun-
Thanks for the beautiful comment..What would we do without this imagination?...graze?

Doctor FTSE said...

Let's hope he does come to call.

Tess Kincaid said...

Beautiful and poignant...oh I hope he does...

Lyn said...

Hi Doctor FTSE-
Yes...fingers crossed! Thanks..

Lyn said...

Hi Tess-
Lovely, thanks...I feel I'm ready for Downton now...

Brian Miller said...

nice...really like how you unveil their story through the letter...her hope as well that he is still alive...and if so that maybe they can now be together...

Lyn said...

Hi Brian-
Guess we're all romantics now and then...thanks!

~T~ said...

Oh, how bittersweet! Well done.

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