A girl named, sincerely

I used to know a girl

named, Sincerely.


When she moved away,

I realised how much I really

missed her, so I tried to

write her a letter to express

all the things that were in

my heart.


I failed at every attempt.


Each letter began,

“Dear Sincerely,



Alas, it seemed that once

again, I had run out of

room before I could say all

that I want to say to her.


So, at the bottom of the letter,

I added a bunch of X’s and O’s.


“This is what tic-tac-toe

looks like unbridled

by the number sign.”


Tales told out of turn

Legend has it,

a young Abraham Lincoln

once walked five miles

just to deliver a letter,

& that he  carried the letter

with him underneath

his tall stove pipe hat.


When he finally

arrived, a tired Lincoln

removed his hat and

presented the letter.


The family was grateful,

but visibly dismayed to

find the letter covered with

sweat, oil, and coarse

black hair, that wreathed

the letter like a holiday



Not wanting to insult

Young Abraham, the

family nevertheless would

only accept the letter

using a pair of tongs.


The unflappable A. Lincoln

merely laughed. And when

the letter was opened,

the family laughed, too,

for inside the envelope

was a shampoo sample.



(sign in west covina, CA)

If offered, would you choose the blue pill? The red pill? Or, the green jelly bean? For those who chose green jelly bean — Trefology