Poem: Envelopes

Each year we would receive cards from our kin

That quoted the bards of Hallmarks

Replaced in the dollar bin

And inside of these would be lines

So stuffed with cheese

That it could appease an army of mice

But no one sealed these greetings in an envelope

Just to be nice

That’s what families do

They send cards to you

On holidays, on birthdays, on days you’re feeling sick

“Get well soon” from Grandma

And “Feel better, man” from your cousin Rick

Some of them inscribed messages below

The cliché well wishes and seasons’ greetings

As if words were fleeting

Though in so few words, they could say so much

And a simple “I love you” was better than a touch of

Whatever card makers had to offer

In my opinion, the words are benign

I know that you love me

All you have to do is sign


{Merry Christmas everyone!}


About Derek Berry

Derek Berry is a novelist and spoken word poet. Derek is the author of Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). He co-founded and organizes The Unspoken Word, a literary non-profit based out of Charleston, SC, which provides an intendent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is on the Executive Board of the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. His work has appeared in The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, and other journals.He has performed in venues across the United States and Germany. He has worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. He currently works at a curation facility for Cold War History.

Posted on December 24, 2011, in Poems, Poetry, writer, Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Yeah, well, I don’t send holiday cards or those newsletters either. If I want to tell someone I care about them, I’ll email them or write it in my blog!

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