"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Magpie Tales #121-Love Letters

Still Life, 1670, detail by Jean François de Le Motte

Handwritten pages
An art from the past now
Relinquished
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Letters were to be savored
Treasured and put in a box
To open in later years
And be able to touch
And remember
Our love
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Thanks to Tess Kincaid for this image.
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27 comments:

  1. lovely take on the prompt...but sometimes those letters are too painful to read!!..x

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  2. to keep and open later and remember our love... lovely thought!

    JJRod'z

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  3. I hold on to some, but most get disposed of. I'm not a sentimentalist, except when it comes to my husband.

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  4. Yes it is great to keep some of the old special notes and letters! thanks

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  5. Anonymous12:04 PM

    yeah, why aren't these letters in a box??

    painting details

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  6. Writing letters is a lost art ~ Still, I keep them as treasures ~

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  7. So true, the art of handwritten letters has been lost.

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  8. Love letters are surely a lost art…that was my first thought as I saw the prompt…it is nice to take them out occasional and savor those moments…

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  9. Beautiful sentiment, Kathe! I have a bound book of letters, one for practically every day, my former husband sent us from Vietnam.
    I still read them, historical and full of so much of what was happening in '67 - '68.

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  10. Wonderful, Kathe. :)
    I love opening those old letters in later days. Trouble is that mine have all disappeared. E-mails are gone too.
    ..

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  11. Yes indeed. An art, nearly forgotten. My grandfather, a Dutchman could script and often made us gifts. None survive.

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  12. Mmm, yes! "To be able to touch and remember our love." Such sweetness!

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  13. Perhaps we have lost something , Kathe, it is hard to imbue an old email or text with the same sort of energy. Are we becoming a machine people ?

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  14. Who wouldn't love a billet doux?

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  15. ...yes the human tough is a lost art indeed.

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  16. So true, but I can think of some which ought to be shredded.

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  17. This makes me want to open that floral box on the top shelf, behind the scarves...sometimes I'm grateful that those old dreams didn't come true!!

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  18. I still write letters by hand, not many, true, but some . .

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  19. A remembered love is always better than no love at all!

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  20. Wonderful sentiments...

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  21. Script, an art form has such a beautiful flair about it and adds so much personality to letter writing. So do the variety of textured papers that letters can be written upon. Techno messages miss all that, but it does not make their sentiments any less sincere. Thank you for this lovely poem Kathe, a reminder of the old ways, kept memories and treasures of the heart. =D

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  22. Truly beautiful words.

    Anna :o]

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  23. Sweet! I'm a hoarder of the worst kind when it comes to sentiment of the paper kind!

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  24. Sweet! I'm a hoarder of the worst kind when it comes to sentiment of the paper kind!

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  25. Dear Kathe: Indeed quite an art these letters are "savored Treasured" enjoyed feeling the romance of youth again~

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  26. I'm sad that the writing of letters seems to be a fading art. I have many saved myself and wish my children could say the same...

    =)

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