Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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The Lost Art of Letter-Writing

by Benjamin Blake

Operator, I'm begging you
(!the lines are down!)
(the switchboard's spitting sparks like loose teeth)

This conversation's not fit for the party line
(!!!spin the dial like Russian roulette!!!)
It's not telepathy
And even less reliable
(the ink bled out)
(before it had a chance to dry)

How can I begin to explain?
My heart's been lost in the mail.

© 2013 Benjamin Blake

Benjamin Blake was born in a small town in the July of 1985. His fiction and poetry have been published in Australia, the U.K., and the States. You can read more of his work (and view his photography) at www.benjaminblake.com

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