unsent letters

by mandaceehb

I find unsent letters tucked

away in old files crammed with dog-eared scores: worn pages and rusted staples, graphite doodles and annotations

I couldn’t find her at graduation and i guess that’s

why the goodbyes and gratitudes are home with me still

in handwriting that has since changed; feelings that are no longer the same

the worth of lilac stock paper from the stationery store

adorned with gold-inked sentiment:

a couple weeks hesitance and these

words addressed to these names become irrelevant

do we send letters of fossilized feeling or keep words

fading with fond memory?