Barbara Conrad, This is the Letter I’m Not Writing You

Barbara Conrad
THIS IS THE LETTER I’M NOT WRITING YOU

the one about regrets no not that one
the one about love not that one this time
This is the letter I’m not writing you
with its weary list of could-have-beens
should and would-have-beens if-onlys

but this is not that letter either
This is the letter I’m not writing you
the one that says how much I nevermind
the one that wishes we had forget it
This is not that letter

the one I’m not writing you the one
that simply says our last snow was wet
and at the feeders the season’s first bluebird
a pair of Baltimore orioles
a yellow-rumped warbler

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