A girl named, sincerely

I used to know a girl named,

Sincerely.

***

When she moved away,

I was sad,

so, I tried to write her a

letter

to express all the things

that were in my heart.

***

It was a very short letter.

***

It began,

“Dear Sincerely,

George.

***

P.S. It seems, once again,

I have run out of room

before

I could say all that I want

to say”

ii.

Then, at the bottom of the letter,

I added a bunch of X’s and O’s.

adding,

“This is what tic-tac-toe

looks like unbridled

by the number sign.”


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Tales told out of turn

Legend says,

a young Abraham Lincoln

once walked five miles

just to deliver a letter,

& that he

carried it with him underneath

his tall

stove pipe hat.

ii.

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 ribbon.

iii.

Not wanting to insult

Young Abraham,

the family nevertheless would

only accept the letter using

a set of tongs.

iv.

The unflappable A. Lincoln

merely laughed.

And when the letter was opened,

the family laughed, too,

for inside the envelope

was a shampoo sample


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