Vol. 2 Ch. 3 P. 7

letter, writing letters, snail mail, dried rose, pressed rose

I want to see you in every loop and slant of your words.
I want to feel you in the varying pressure of your pen’s strokes.
I want to smell you in the dried roses nestled between pages of delicate paper.

So please write me a letter. I’ll wait by my mailbox.

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15 thoughts on “Vol. 2 Ch. 3 P. 7

  1. It’s strange how powerful a loved one’s actual handwriting can be. You’ve caught that exactly, and very beautifully.

    PS. I love Thomas’ ‘pen dipped in ink the color of a moonless night’.

  2. If I were to write the four of you a letter, addressed to each one of you individually, I would tell you that your collaboration is so beautiful and creative, exploring the human heart and senses and the beautiful earth with such penetrating eyes and words, that you leave me feeling as if I have entered a shrine in some exotic land. In my country of New Mexico the Navajo have a saying, “May you walk in beauty,” and the saying has multiple meanings, meaning that you are beauty and the earth is beautiful and that if you walk the right path, the straight path, the red road you may find the beauty of the earth inside your self and all of your relations. The truth is, even when cynicism slithers into some of the words, the photograph is such glory that the cynicism becomes glory, and therefore the four of you have walked in beauty and sang the songs of earth and sky that make you the human beings that you are.

    If I were to write you a letter I would say this and so much more, praising you for your individual spirits and collaborative spirit, telling you that you could do worse than to be who you are because who you are is as deep as poetry and as poetic as the moon rising full in winter to throw shadows on shining silver snow.

    But I am making a comment and not writing you a letter–only imagining what I would say on fine parchment using a quill pen dipped in ink the color of a moonless night. But whether I am writing a letter or a comment, the message is still the same, thank you for Background Story and the work you do. Whenever I come here I am enriched.

    Sincerely yours,
    Tom Davis

    • Comments like this one give us life, Thomas. πŸ™‚ It makes us strive to write lines and take photos even when we get that burnout feeling sometimes. And it’s all the more special because it’s coming from someone whose writing and photography we admire.

      We’re not pretty eloquent when it comes to writing comments, but we really do appreciate all your comments especially this one. πŸ™‚ It’s very inspiring and encouraging.

      And that’s a lovely saying, “May you walk in beauty.” We wish you the same thing! ❀

  3. I miss sending and receiving letters. As much as I adore technology and would consider myself a techie, I still believe there is a soul in every letter that is reduced with every conversion to digital format.

  4. How we have longed for those letters in our youth! Somehow, today’s FB and twitter and blog postings and text msgs just are not the same, are they?

    • Twitter in particular allows only 140 characters! It does make one miss reading letters pages and pages long. When I was a kid, my mom used to get those from my dad when he was working in New Zealand. She still has them in a big box full of other letters she managed to collect over the years.

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