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Day 23, ELJ 30/30 Write Now

Family Service Center

 

Gal    galvanized

suitable

stainless

coppery bronze

 

Purchase roadside

or commercial    Now

(return in pieces)

 

An atlas of supply

belongs to you

sirs

 

Your coin

and thank you

 

(Source: Unnumbered Conscience Letter, Dated 6 March 1974)

 

 

Day 22, ELJ 30/30 Write Now

Museum of the Poor

 

I’ve been to the forest–

and truly, I took the straight way home.

No matter.

I’ve been poor most of the time.

 

When she reads this letter

I will be back in jail.

I hope she will know

how I’ve gone to pieces

been down this hard hill

all to see her at home.

 

From cell to cell

I go: I am one of you,

I know.

 

(Source: Conscience Letter 319)

Day 21, ELJ 30/30 Write Now

To Whom I May Love

 

 

If not pure and rainbowed, what?

 

Love’s havoc

is a forest

of miserable

desperate things.

 

No signs back to

normal life.

 

The time: dateless.

The time: give up.

 

It concerns you, too.

 

 

(Source: Conscience Letter 331)

 

Day 20, ELJ 30/30 Write Now

The Contents of This Mailer

 

 

A guess a wedding a honeymoon an ex

A souvenir of my cleavage when it was new and good

The people you suspected and never found

A telegram that said DON’T WORRY STOP ALL IS FORGIVEN STOP

A letter that just said Stop stop stop

That guard outside Gallup who told me I was hot who couldn’t resist

who wrapped up paper towels and made a gag

The anniversary of my exit

 

 

(Source: Conscience Letter 276(?))

Day 19, ELJ 30/30 Write Now

from September 27

 

About 20 yr ago

my husband + I took a vacation

This we pick up

 

my husband passed away 15 yr ago 49

having two heart attack

I lost 48,000   my home    my youngest son cut and beaten

I have had nothing but Bad Luck

I am sending this back

hoping the curse will leave

 

a widow with nothing but heartbreak

 

Anne

Houston, Texas

 

(Source: Conscience Letter 272, untreated)

 

Day 18, ELJ 30/30 Write Now

My Foolishness

 

In the late hours of an April afternoon

at the shop across from the hospital

I am waiting for an unlucky story to finish

They will tell me at last

what curse I suffer

 

I hope once more to see them

Italy     my daughter    the Painted Desert

the future greeting me with

time for my foolishness

 

(Source: Conscience Letter 405)

 

 

Day 17, ELJ 30/30 Write Now

Place

 

What passed

in year since—

now             at last

now      is the time

 

I resist taking you

a piece of you

 

You belong

where you belong

 

and me

I go back to my kind

 

(Source: Conscience Letter 290)

Day 16: ELJ 30/30 Write Now

Pull the Loose Wire

 

I don’t think I need anything

that won’t work:

my radio

the van we took to Vegas

the telephone.

These won’t send you back

to me.  No,

no returning.

This first morning

is the last of me.

 

(Source: Conscience Letter 266)

 

Day 15: ELJ 30/30 Write Now

The Miserable Pure

 

Back to normal

in the miserable pure:

forests and rainbows

love not the desperate.

The things that reach me

are havoc

and rocks.

 

(Source: Conscience Letter 331)

 

Day 14, ELJ 30/30 Write Now

There and Nowhere Else

 

 

Thoughtless in August,

close to you

among ruins and paintings

with small loose pieces all around–

 

I tried

to stay embedded in you.

But you had no cause

to admire me.

I was one of many, the lowest.

 

I don’t know when I’ll be through that way again.

I am in no state to return.

 

 

(Source: Conscience Letter 143(?))

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