i To JHSG ~ 18.12.26-13.01.08 In all our lifetime of letters I never kept but a single one - the repartee in ink, back and forth stretching across county lines through rifts, gaps of emotion I never said but they were like hand holds the looked for, longed for certain proof of the unforgotten dressed as news, beautifully scripted too in Waterman's royal blue All the more prized those last vestiges of words upbeat in illness, broken by a fall apologetic and unsteady the cursive yet still that familiar closure "Fondest love now and forever" what else could your epitaph be - my letter of thanks, forgiveness an amnesty
ii To DT ~ 20.06.48-19.9.22 After our together years the ever after parting comes a first and last letter my card, your rejoinder healing words from the sick bed and what a summation with death abiding, a distillation all that we failed to mention the dones and the left undones. There've been incidental meetings thoughtful, proxy memos a florist's card or word of mouth missives relayed by others. All these and so much more, I now store against your absence.
A somewhat sad last post kind of post but it’s Open Link Night over at dVerse where anything goes since the topic is unprompted