Letters To Old Lovers

Why should anyone still care
why should anyone raise an eyelid
the news is old
Perhaps, eight years ago
you may have gotten
some reaction
to justify the price of ink

Still you persist
in writing them
letters to old lovers
letters they may lazily reply to
letters they may not reply to
the news is old

There's no reason now
there's no alliance
perhaps to reminisce
for a short while
on a dark cold afternoon
but nothing more
in these new lives

Still you persist
in writing them
letters to old lovers
letters that strain not to say
letters that overtly long to say
'please try again'

And every time the letterbox snaps
its steel chops around your words
old lovers don't bat an eye
old lovers just drive to work
(and teach)

And maybe one evening as they recline
perhaps a word or two then
they may spare for you
'take care', 'go somewhere'
the news is cold

Yet still you insist
on replying to them
letters to old lovers
letters that don't know when they're beat
letters that don't know when it's time to stop

You don't know when
the news is old...

(2007)

◄ Held

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Anthony Emmerson

Sat 19th Jun 2010 13:32

Hi Thomas,

I liked this a lot. It illustrates perfectly the irrationality of the things we cling to, seemingly without reason. I get the feeling that this may have been written somewhat from a personal perspective; either way it works excellently in communicating a feeling of silent resentment. I particularly liked the image conjured up by:

"There's no reason now
there's no alliance
perhaps to reminisce
for a short while
on a dark cold afternoon
but nothing more
in these new lives."

A very worthwhile and thoughtful read.

Regards,
A.E.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 18th Jun 2010 21:14

Thomas,you know I am a fan who wouldn't skip over your name. This one is really good. And three years ago too. It works a universal situation without soppiness and, for me, tough irony as indicated by both your clear-eyed honesty and your choice of sophisticated vocabulary.

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Ann Foxglove

Fri 18th Jun 2010 13:48

A lovely fluid feel with the rhythms and rhymes Thomas. And so true, life moves on faster for some than for others.

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