A letter to my child about letters

First, don’t write them 

don’t burden them with your thoughts

letters are time bombs

they are grenades

with the pin pulled

letters are sins

and apathy and violence

words to assuage are the worst

words stay on paper a short time

but rest on the heart, heavy and cruel

letters take up time and space

they are stamped, and left to soak

the sender has days to change their mind

to call and say

don’t read it- I was wrong-

throw it away!

but the writer never calls

and seems surprised when you cry


and their letters.