By writing a letter to Paul
Lori realized all the others she knew
who deserved letters.

Before she finished Paul’s letter
she made of list
of everyone she should write.

Twenty-eight. If each month was February
one person a day for a month—
not counting leap year.

Since Lori became bored
writing the same thing over and over
she found new daily details to include.

The rain spotted the window on Monday.
She sliced carrots to dip in cream cheese on Tuesday.
The thrasher fledglings left the nest on Wednesday.

Paul read about the salt shaker
and pepper mill being refilled
and placed back on the cherry dining table.

copyright © 2023 Kenneth P. Gurney

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