A girl named, sincerely

I used to know a girl named, Sincerely.

When she moved away,

I tried to write her a letter to

express all the things in my heart.

It was a very short letter.

It began,

Dear Sincerely,


P.S. Once again, I have run out of room.


Then, at the bottom of the letter,

I added a bunch of X’s and O’s.

Telling her,

this is what Tic Tac Toe looks like

untethered by

the number sign.


If lost in the woods,

leave a trail of bread crumbs

for the birds to eat. It couldn’t hurt, and

besides, it might help, later, to

have some friends on the inside.

Tales told out of turn

Legend says,

a young Abraham Lincoln

once walked five miles

just to deliver a letter, that he

carried 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,

which wreathed the letter

like a holiday ribbon.


Not wanting to insult Young Abraham,

the family nevertheless would

only accept the letter using a set of tongs.


The unflappable A. Lincoln merely laughed.

And when the letter was opened,

the family laughed, too,

because 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