For Jackie de Maya

NaPoWri urges us on…just as the energy might lag, we get another prompt.  This takes me where I might not go and I am grateful.

And now our (totally optional) prompt! Early on in the month, I asked you to write a valediction — a poem of farewell. Today, let’s try the opposite, and write poems of greeting. There’s lots of things you could greet. The spring? Your new stapler? A favorite classmate? An addition to the menu at your local cafe? The subject’s up to you — now get out there and say “hello!”




For Jackie de Maya

Your air mail letter sits atop my journal

on the dining table.

I was seventeen when we met.


Did you burn your bra?

I just forgot to wear mine one day.

Rebellion ran to deeper issues


then when I picketed with the ACLU,

studied Russian and Chaucer.

I smoked my first joint with you.


We’ve walked Missouri woods,

that cove in Santa Barbara,

Madrona Point.


For over forty years

we’ve written letters.

I send yours back in batches


waiting for your memoir.

Now I walk the rocky shore

at Squalicum Harbor,


gaze acros the bay

as wind whips my red and white hair.


 Copyright 2013

C.J. Prince