writing challenge: May 18, 2017

Prompt: Write about a piece of mail you’ve received

In 2017 most mail you receive is either advertisements or bills- not exactly something to be excited about. Once upon a time people sent actual letters and cards to each other. There was a time before cell phones, the internet, and even landlines existed when the only viable option for long distance communication was to write a letter. 


Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers and friends:

All willing to wait for days or weeks

For the latest bits of news from loved ones.

Announcements of marriage, children, and new head starts

All written on paper and sent on a journey

Down rivers, across plains, and over mountains.

One of the only ways to communicate from a distance.

The role of the postman was one of connection-

The mail they delivered linked a nation.

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