ONE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
THE ARRIVAL OF A LONG AWAITED LOVE LETTER
The day starts no different from any other.
Slow surfacing of awareness,
as she sprawls on her raft of a bed,
in a room, in a house, in a street,
that she can’t escape.
She slumps, unrepentant,
warming into the day,
deaf to pleas from household chores
till the postie stomps past.
She had waited endless days, but
that day her tattered heart skips
at the soft plop of a letter landing.
She fingers the crisp, slim shape with slow strokes,
tracing where he’d written her name.
shuddering fingers rupture paper seams.
Soon, soon, he wrote, they’d be together.
He was coming to stay.
He would love her forever.
Glittering bubbles of joy
make their way, like pilgrims,
to the shrine of her needs.
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