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A Letter

June 11, 2021
By birdnerd28 SILVER, Zionsville, Pennsylvania
birdnerd28 SILVER, Zionsville, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can't eat money."
-- Alanis Obomsawim


You just need to write a letter  

A letter that you know will never be read

By anyone other than yourself


You need to write a letter

Then hide it afterwards,

Under your bed, in the closet, at

The bottom of a drawer


You need to write a letter

Then promise yourself

That you’ll burn it once you finish

But you never really do


You need to write a letter

A letter that no one will

Ever read or see or know exists

A letter that holds your deepest darkest secrets


You need to write a letter

And cry a little before you write it

And cry a little while

But trust me,

You will not cry afterwards


You feel silenced

You want to tell someone 

And maybe for now

Telling a pencil and paper is enough


The person after 'dear' is your future self,

Maybe it's your friend,

Your parent,

Or the dirt where you bury it,

Or the ashes it becomes


You need to write something

You need to press your thoughts on paper

Get your feelings away from you

To corrode elsewhere


You just want to write a letter

A letter to nobody

A letter to everybody

A letter for the world 


no one 

will ever read. 

The author's comments:

I wrote this poem because for me, writing is how I find expression. Most of the time I write not to explain something to someone else, but to explain some part of my own self. I hope you enjoyed this piece. 

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on Jun. 23 2021 at 8:09 pm
ninibee268 BRONZE, Knoxville, Tennessee
3 articles 1 photo 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

– Bernard M. Baruch

Great use of words!