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New Message From Me (a poem)

posted Jan 31, 2020, 5:14 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Jan 31, 2020, 5:16 AM ]
By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer
Posted January 31st, 2020

New Message From Me

Texts to myself are new recipes,

chocolate raspberry cupcakes 

with Greek yogurt frosting.

My brothers hear the Kitchenaid mixer and yell,

“Are you making healthy food again?

Texts to myself are odds and ends,

snippets of poems not yet written, 

“Her wedding ring slides to the left

whenever she plays a G,”

and ‘the trees looked as if

they had been dipped in confectioners glaze.

I text myself rough drafts,

messages I hope to someday send

but they’re just a little too wordy

for a babysitting client,

a little too sappy 

for a friend. 

Texts to myself stay in the safety 

of my messages app,

reminding me of the last thought

to spin through my head,

an idea that might finally be ready to send.