Poet's Corner

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011

Outside the Envelope

By Brent Johnson, Clam Gulch

If savvy wordsmiths

served postmaster shifts,

what marvels our mail might be!

They'd write anecdotes

on white envelopes

that opened kind thoughts like a key.

And the adages!

across packages,

they'd pencil each parcel to speak.

Wit would unveil

when you got your mail

to brighten your day --for a week!

Their sleep would be slight

as they toiled all night

to join every couplet in rhyme.

But morning would burst!

with beautiful verse,

like bouquets, each showcased sublime.

We'd see junk-mail, displayed

with words on parade,

the pride of oak mantles and walls.

Children would then

dump Barbie and Ken,

to play with their postmaster dolls.

Our post would be banned

on the streets of Iran,

by tyrants afraid of free thought.

But graffitists would scribe

for all the deprived

who pray for a chance to be taught.

Such word masters, staunch

would certainly launch

the Post Office up like a jet.

And soaring on sales

these scriptified mails

would stamp out the national debt!

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