I wrote this one as part of my brief attempt to do this past April’s Poem a Day challenge. The theme was communication. I think the poem speaks for itself.


Originally written April 3, 2021

The first one came by mail, from Carol Stream:
An envelope marked URGENT at the top.
I threw it out, its message left unseen.
I should have known by then it would not stop.
They started calling from numbers unknown.
I did not answer. They left messages.
Then I found one, written on a stone—
Then on the wrappers of my sandwiches.
It’s in my fortune cookies, on receipts;
It’s on a brick thrown through my windowpane.
Repeated by each stranger that I meet.
It’s everywhere. It’s driving me insane.
I doubt that when I’m dead, they’ll let me be—
These messages on my car’s warranty.

Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash

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