Do You Remember Air Mail?

Do you remember airmail letters?

Fine parchment sheets in thin, blue envelopes

With red, white and blue borders?


They were always so special to receive

From someone dear far, far away,

Often oceans apart on another continent!


Telephone calls were wonderful,

A beloved voice through the hard receiver,

But hand-scripted words had a charm all their own.


To write a letter took intent and time, and thought.

You had something physical to hold in your hand,

Savouring the words, the effort, the tangible connection.


You could tuck a letter into your pocket or purse, or bosom,

To read when you wanted, to feel afresh the flush of joy,

To breathe in the scent of the beloved sender.


Aaah - the smell of the writer's skin infused into the paper

Where a dear hand pressed on the parchment sheet

Writing firmly, deliberately, word by word, to you.


Even the envelope, sent with unconsidered scent,

Through post boxes, planes, trains, trucks and delivery sacks,

Was potent as it arrived at last into your dedicated fingers.


Do you remember airmail?





Cynthia Buell Thomas. Dec. 2019



Thoughts in Daylight ►


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Martin Elder

Mon 16th Dec 2019 22:25

I certainly do remember them . I also remember writing them as well. My grandmother once sent a letter to Australia in the 1930's and the flying boat as they were known then (an aircraft that could land on water) sunk but her letter was retrieved and sent back to her. Unsurprisingly the ink had run a bit. It was one of those that you folded in on itself.
Nice one Cynthia

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john short

Mon 16th Dec 2019 03:49

Yes, you bring it all back perfectly. Nostalgic, as you say. Sadly communication is cheap these days. Like an addiction.

John S

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Don Matthews

Sun 15th Dec 2019 22:25

Thankyou for bringing back these memories...

Sadly the art of letter writing has demised. Communication is now sent down the wire...

Or up (with this) in my case. Smell the scent of my fingertips Cynthia?.....


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 14th Dec 2019 12:08

This nostalgic whimsey just 'floated through my mind' this past week.
And I liked it enough to try and capture it in words. Surely, I'm not the only one.

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