My last stamp

I wrote a letter today
            To witness the beauty of smooth black ink
            To behold my swoops and curves
            To create something original,
                        not another Times New Roman duplicate
            To remind myself that I am human

One thousand emojis cannot reveal what handwriting can
            to a trained eye


To send a letter is to share the heart
To receive a letter is to smile
To hold a letter is to hold a hand

Letters are kept in tin boxes with lids sealed tight
            preserving words
            and traces
            of sweet dessert
            inside

Letters can be misted with the scents of sandalwood and citrus
            delivered with collectable stamps
            and stamped by kissable red lips

  A trillion gigabytes could not evoke the imagination
            like recorded passion
            pouring from a lover’s pen
            folded and found tucked under
            the slat of an antique desk
            fragile the paper
            sensual the words

Letters can be burned; some are written solely for that purpose
            entire histories, however brief or long
            written across smoke rings, rising
            to be reborn

I wrote a letter today
            To someone I haven’t seen in decades
                        I hope it makes it
                        I hope it makes her smile

I wrote and mailed a letter yesterday that I’ve been meaning to do for some time. It felt meaningful. I had a few different thoughts about today’s post, including some recent nature shots, then the first few lines of this poem showed up last night, keeping me up well past my bedtime. Nature can wait. The words win. Every time. ✍🏻

A special shout out to Conny at Tender Rebellion who mentioned to me a while back how grateful she was for discovering Xavier Rudd’s music through one of my dance shares. I am happy to share more of his music. 🎶 Enjoy!

If you are not familiar with Conny’s blog, do check it out. She is a talented poet and intelligent writer who shares interesting posts.

Thank you for visiting and reading! Be well. 💗 Michele

Photo 1: by Andrey Bayda Photo 2: The first draft of this poem; my poems often find their beginning in my journal

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127 thoughts on “My last stamp

    1. I realized, after writing this last night, that I could write more posts about this topic, including a post about my grandfather’s WWII letters. Prized possessions for me. I feel connected to him when I read his letters. 💞 Emails can be special but there is something about holding a letter, reading personalized handwriting. I am no expert, but I reckon handwriting is as unique as fingerprints. Much gratitude to you, Pat!

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      1. One of my dear friends died of brain cancer that had metastasized from breast cancer. I kept her last voicemail to me (originally by accident) and treasured it. Then my old phone died and my new one uses a different voicemail system. 😢

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  1. Wonderful ode to the sadly fading art of letter writing Michelle! 👌👌👏👏❤️❤️ For all the convenience of typing of letters on a laptop; computer nothing can replace the human touch of your hand as you write and the emotions behind it! 😁❤️🤗

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    1. I was once a prolific writer of letters and cards. Now, who can afford the cost of stamps! 😆 Or cards for that matter! Fortunately, plain paper works just fine. 😊 Writing a personal note does elevate the exchange, yes. 💗 Takes longer to receive too, but some things are worth the wait. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Ken! 🤗

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      1. Same here Michelle! 👍😁 I used to write a lot of letters and cards, well more like books within cards as I’d get carried away with myself writing a birthday/anniversary greetings! 😛😂😁 Yeh, the price of styamps & cards are quite expensive. You’re most welcome! 😁😊🙏

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  2. I abssolutely love this. I still do write letters to some elderly relatives and I always send cards to people for various occasions. I also love getting mail! I feel it should make a comeback. I don’t get the same feeling from reading a text or email. The excitement of going to the mail box and finding a letter or card. I just love your words, I know I said that already lol

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    1. I am absolutely delighted. Then it was worth staying up for. ✍🏻 These lines wouldn’t let me sleep till they were done with me! 🥱😆I have a sweet friend who sends handwritten cards to me, but other than the holidays, she is the only one in my life carrying on with this treasured tradition. It is delightful to receive a handwritten note. Thank you very much for loving my words! 🥰

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    2. I am a huge mail letters person! I make funny cards with pictures at Walgreens of family and mail them out, I send out postcards just to say hi, and I used to make a newsletter for an aunt in Myrtle Beach before she passed away. I like the idea of people I know opening their mailbox and seeing something other than a bill, something fun, and smiling.

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      1. You are a rare breed, Nicole! How fortunate your friends and family are, to receive your personalized notes. I know how much I cherish my friend who sends random cards. It is a nice gesture, and they arrive at just the right time. 😊 Carry on with your beautiful letter-writing self! May you be an inspiration for others. 🌻

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  3. ~just a thought

    I am made happy any time I see someone handwriting letters. For me, even a paper note has a special feel these days. I agree with trumstravels: these should make a comeback.
    Lovely poetry in support of this pastime that once inspired so many to express their best form! 💙

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    1. It does make for a special delivery when we receive a handwritten note, however it might show up. I am glad you enjoyed my poetic reflections; thank you for sharing your inspiring and beautifully expressed thoughts. 💖

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  4. I still send personal letter by snail mail. K believe it demonstrates the extra effort a significant person is willingly puts into something for others to smile about. All my recipient tell they enjoyed the surprise that makes them feel appreciated by me. While none have yet to treat me in kind with a promised reply, I still don’t feel disappointed.

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    1. Much gratitude to you, Brad. That poem took me on a delightful journey last night, so much so I felt I could write ten more on the same topic. 😊 Many things to write about writing. 😁 I believe most people have given up on writing letters. I write them on occasion, but not as often as I once did.

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  5. Oh girlfriend, you have no idea how much this poem swells my writing heart. I still write notes and letters to friends and family, or even for business communications purposes. I so agree with this: “One thousand emojis cannot reveal what handwriting can to a trained eye.”

    As I look at many letters I kept through the years, you have no idea how much I cherish these individuals stopping and taking the time to personally write, not in a 12pt. Times New Roman or Arial font, but a 14pt. Human Handwriting font. As I look at my mother, father, or sister’s letters they wrote to me, those are treasures that money can’t buy. Sadly, handwriting is becoming a lost art. Thanks for keeping the art strong my Dancing Queen. 💃🏼✍🏼💖✍🏼💃🏽

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    1. I am grateful to you, for extending my thoughts about letter writing. As I drafted this poem last night, my mind was an explosion of related thoughts. I am not surprised to learn that you still write letters; you are charming and thoughtful like that. 🥰 I’ve thought about tossing all the notes/cards I have that students have written me, but I can’t. I won’t. Thank you, Kymbelina, for sharing your enthusiasm and personal connection to this poem. 💖🤗 Thanks for reminding me… tonight is dance night! 💃🏻🎶💃🏽

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      1. I understand. I am sentimental like that too. I don’t like clutter or excess, but there are some things I don’t want to part with. Some things, like treasured letters are irreplaceable. Thanks so much for your visit and connection to this poem. 🙏🏻

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      2. Oh Michele, you certainly know how to tug at my heartstrings, and my writing heartstrings too! 💗 You know my dear, there is something so special and heartwarming when someone, especially students write something personal to their teacher. Talk about a tear-jerker! 😭

        Interestingly, I just purchased a book of stamps for future writing purposes. 💌 I love my keyboards, but I really LOVE my writing because I use my muscles in my hand and I seem to be more creative and empathetic that way. It’s a hard habit to break for sure! ✍🏼✍🏼✍🏼

        Well go ahead and dance your tush off tonight my dancing machine! 🎵💃🏼🎼💃🏽🎶 I’ll be thinking about ya, sweatin’ all of those toxins out! LOL Hugs! 🤗💐😘

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      3. Tears and sweat, yes! 😆 I suppose the moving hand can symbolize blood. Blood, sweat, and tears. Check! We do pour ourselves into things, don’t we! Just pumping blood and sweat on the dance floor, no tears, just smiles. 😊 Thanks, Kymmy, enjoy the rest of your week!

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      4. Thank you for your poetic heart Michele. Can’t have you bleeding all over the place while you’re getting your dancing on right? 😱 I’m getting ready to throw something funky on in just a minute and get these hips movin’! Enjoy the rest of your evening my Belle. Hugs and smooches! 🤩💖🤗💐😊

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  6. Danielle

    I love writing by hand and I always love a handwritten letter, lovely post. Something I’ve been teaching my children the importance of a handwritten letter so much more meaningful than some taps on a keyboard! 💌

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    1. Well done you! 👏🏻 I taught my daughter to write thank you cards before she started school. It is a meaningful skill to teach that will never lose value. Thank you, Danielle. 😊 I will keep you posted on sharing your blog.

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      1. Yes, it does seem so. It is precious to receive a card from a little one, learning how to write. I love the brief period in their history. 🧒🏻 I am happy you are here! 🤗

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  7. There is something so very special about letters .. getting one through the post ..opening it and reading it your post has brought back beautiful memories. This is a poignant reminder of what we once had but we have to make do with emails now.

    You have penned a most beautifully moving post., Lee 🤗❤️

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    1. It is the simple things that can make life more meaningful. 📬Letter writing has a calming meditative quality to it. 🥰 Yes, technology has taken over, making many aspects of life rare and nostalgic. Can’t stop progress, I suppose. Don’t have to stop writing letters either. 😁 Thank you, Yassy, for reading and connecting with my poem. Whether it’s with a pen or keyboard, isn’t writing poetry a wonderful expressive outlet. 💖

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      1. I think I am writing a letter to you now and I am happy that this is the way we can stay connected. Poetry is beautiful.. it has given me so many wonderful friendships ..you have become an invaluable part of my poetic life.

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      2. Thank you , Michelee 🤗 and welcome .. sending gentle kisses to your guardian angels .. may you flourish in the embrace of their gossamer wings .

        You have yourself a gorgeous weekend .. looking forward to reading more of your work.

        ❤️❤️

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    1. Those first few lines surprised me by taking me in a completely different post direction the other night. I am so glad they did! I enjoyed the writing experience. ✍🏻🥰 Thank you for enjoying with me!

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  8. So inspiring post and the poem lines so lovely to read 👌👏 🌹🙏🌹 yes, now we never sending letters , all phone calls, video calls only, but so many years back I married in Malaysia and my father’s letter 1 so anxiously waiting for postman ,. The letter so fast
    read and family news read ,then only my mind relax , my Dad’s last letter still I keeping 🙏
    I will phone call to Dad , but my Dad never make phone call ,send letters all the love from heart ❤️👌👏 I sadly remembering those days 😥 grace wishes dear friend 🌹🙏❤️🌹

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    1. I am happy to have inspired. 💖 Thank you, lovely Thattamma, for writing your note and sharing your personal story. 🙏🏻 Sounds like you had a thoughtful dad. I have a few notes from my dad too. Cherished items! Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy those video calls. Those are special too! 💞

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  9. Letter writing is something I adore. I used to write and send more letters, handwritten of course, to my mother. Now I send Christmas cards over the holidays. And I love receiving too.
    How lovely that you did that. Way to go. Blessings.

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    1. You certainly seem like someone who takes the time to craft handwritten letters. Thank you for sharing your sweet thoughts, Selma. Life gets so busy, but I love the idea of sending one handwritten note a week. I have a box of cards – I should put them to good use! ✍🏻📫🥰

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  10. Beautifully expressed, Michele. Handwritten letters have a soul to them. So much is conveyed about the writer and their intentions, the way the reader notices each word and the formation of the letters. You’ve said it all and still leave room for more. 🙂

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    1. You seem like someone who would, given your thoughtfulness and compassion for others. It truly warms the heart. Both giving and receiving a handwritten note. 🥰 Thank you, Dawn, for sharing your thoughts on this sweet subject.

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  11. A lovely write, Michele! There’s something very special about sitting down and taking the time to write out a letter, note or card. I still write out and mail cards for every occasion; it gives me great joy. Some day I hope to get a sealing wax kit; what fun that would be! ✍🏻

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! I am glad you enjoyed your time in my bloggy space. “Taking the time” is the key phrase. I finally took it and it felt good. 😊 I am inspired to write more personalized notes. At least once a month would be meaningful. I love the idea of a wax kit; I thought about that when I wrote my poem. I will never do that, but I do love the idea of it. Enjoy! ✍🏼

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  12. I absolutely love this poem and the message it conveys, Michele. I still send letters and cards, including Christmas cards, and I love receiving them. It’s like holding magic in our hands, isn’t it? The time it takes to write is also a gift, that the recipient is worth the minutes or hours involved before putting that stamp on the envelope.
    Your poem also reminds me of one of the stories in my book (Letters in the Sky) about how my parents stayed in touch during WWII while they were engaged and Dad was oversees. They wrote handwritten letters, and “those letters cemented their love and devotion for each other.” Gorgeous poem! 💗

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  13. I used to write ten page letters to a pen pal in the US. It would be months before I heard anything back, but then a very thick envelope would arrive, with an airmail sticker and other cute animal stickers, My pen pal often sent me handmade gifts as well. Once she made a dreamcatcher out of gold-coloured metal wire and blue beads. Ah the memories! Thanks for reminding me.

    And thanks so much for the mention 😊 Xavier Rudd’s music is so grounding and soothing.

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    1. A delightful letter-writing story. Thank you for sharing, Conny. I wrote to a pen pal when I was in elementary school. Her name was Ann Marie. We wrote for several years, before we moved away from that family home, and I lost touch. Sweet memories. Thanks for reminding me! 😊

      It was my pleasure to mention your blog. I am glad you have found joy in Rudd’s music. I have yet to hear a song that I don’t like. Have a wonderful week!

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  14. I love the connection I feel to what I am writing when I write by hand and still exchange letters with friends to this day. I have saved quite a collection of letters from the aforementioned friends too and it is such a lovely feeling go through the envelopes and feeling like I am holding something personal and beautiful.

    Love, love, love! The last lines of your poem too. That is truly my aspiration when writing to simply make someone smile. 🙂

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    1. It is quite an extraordinary achievement when you think about it… our brain directing the pen. Magical almost and yet there is something beautifully simplistic about writing by hand. Take everything but don’t take our pens and notebooks! 😁 I loved reading about your connection to letter writing and the strengthening of friendships through the divine process. Wonderful. Thank you, writer Layla. ✍🏼😊

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    1. Wonderful reaction! Thank you, Belladonna! Letter writing is a calming and connecting experience. 💞 A meaningful alternative to our busy lives, abundant with technology. That letter and poem set me on a course of making time to write one letter a week. Sunday is a nice day to do that. 😊

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