Love Letters – A Poem by Gabriela M.

Childe Hassam – At the Writing Desk

Poem by Gabriela M.

i am looking over your love letters
my hands are shaking
winds are trying
to take them away from me
bury them
into the depths of the roiling ocean

i am fighting the winds
i am back with you in that place
palm trees born from violet skies
white drapes covering adrenalized lovers
i am laughing
follies of love
your teeth leave painful marks
on my shoulder
winds funneled through my heart
push me into the ocean
salty waters corrode my nostrils
stingrays puncture my arteries
a church bell tolls
your letters
where are they?

About the Poet

Gabriela M. is a university professor in the US and the author of three novels. She blogs here under the pen name short-prose-fiction

For the first time in nearly five years, Vita Brevis is closed for submission. Read the full story here.

8 thoughts

  1. Best not to be back in the zone with the senders of some letters – which gives me an idea for my own next poem! Thanks for the stimulus & enjoyed the read!

  2. Lovely poem, Gabriela. Startling images of the stingray and bites that leave marks!

    I collected old love letters and photos from the time I was about eleven, only discarding them after reading once more in my late sixties. The old candy box they were in was falling apart, and we were moving…hopefully for the last time! All the best! Cheryl

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