by Gary Glauber
I’m working now,
trying hard to save some money.
I’ll send what I can in the months ahead.
I miss you.
That Steppenwolf eight-track
jammed up the player
in my convertible yesterday.
Now the top is down, the weather’s great,
yet I can’t play anything.
We had a picnic. Weather was beautiful.
Wasn’t the same somehow with you gone.
No one can approach those chicken cutlets of yours.
Hope life is treating you well.
You crushed my heart in a hurtful way.
Yet you continue to affect me more than any other.
Why is life so cruel?
Paris in the springtime truly is a delight.
Small children play around the fountain.
The gardens are incredibly lush.
Nature is beautiful here, as is the architecture.
It all reminds me of you.
Moved into the new place. Small, but affordable.
That’s life on a budget. Write when you find the time.
You. Me. Destiny. Can’t you see?
Never made it to Woodstock.
Never served in Vietnam.
Seems I missed out on a generation
of experience. Can you forgive me?
The snowdrifts here are higher than my head.
The temperatures are so frigid that
when you breathe in, your nostrils freeze.
The February sky is bleak and gray.
And yet thoughts of you warm me.
How’s my little baby adjusting to life in the big city?
I understand you’re busy, but I miss the weekly phone calls.
Don’t forget about those who love you.
Oh, and your father sends his regards too.
After tonight’s cub scout meeting
It dawned on me that I’m not really cut out
for this kind of volunteering. Where others
are rah-rah, I’m definitely blah-blah.
But I did teach them to tie a square knot…
Perhaps no one noticed.
Every time I hear those variations on a theme
I’m reminded of you
And that time I came home to find you
practicing in the altogether,
wearing nothing but lipstick
and a knowing smile.
Found this card in some dusty drugstore
in the middle of nowheresville.
What it lacks in fancy it makes up for in heart.
If only you were here, you could transform
this lackluster place into paradise.
can’t be wrong, they say.
Quel mec a volé mon pantalon?
Wish I knew more useful phrases
when traveling abroad.
Heard you weren’t feeling well.
Hope this little card helps
brighten your day. Feel better.
Still working, but finding it
increasingly hard to save.
I promise I’ll send something soon.
Love and miss you much.
My four-chambered heart
aches for you daily.
pumping a message to my brain
that says “Please come back.”
Holding you close
or just watching you sleep
I am struck by your beauty,
the odd feeling of pride it inspires,
and the comfort of having you near.
So much to see, so little time.
Postcards like this are the proof.
Cheap souvenirs of breathtaking places,
that trigger a wealth of rich memories.