Ice Cream Letters (for Lainey)
Send me ice cream letters, post marked no later than a Tuesday,
to afford me something special to look forward to on a weekend.
If I get in a rush to open one up, to review and see what you say,
A potential paper cut, small price to pay, to read what you send.
Send me ice cream letters, covering any subject matter of your choosing,
Be it anecdotal in nature, or dwell on random whimsy of your design.
Touch on your dark side if it makes you feel better, although amusing
is preferred. If you're happy, I'm happy, so I'd rather you enlighten.
Send me ice cream letters, to warm my heart, at your discretion,
I have seven empty picture frames, hanging in tandem on my North wall;
Their spots reserved until such time, you send a rendered interpretation;
Once the letters are framed, I'll seal them with adhesive, to never fall.
Send me ice cream letters, seemingly insignificant to you, "Just a note..."
from your perspective, but to me, they are the ultimate ever end all:
Sprinkled with epiphanies, infatuations, intuitions... so much to quote;
Sent from your heart to your hand, on to me, your deemed port of call.
Send me ice cream letters, should you be inclined, towards me proffer,
Or make a request, you'll find me altogether amenable at point of contact,
and thanking you sincerely for the opportunity, your more than kind offer.
Or, if you open with "I don't need a thing," you will still make an impact.
Send me ice cream letters, with the envelope exterior displaying SWAK,
and maybe a heart and arrow combo, you know how I love your illustration.
Still, getting down to the heart of the matter, not on the front or back,
But what's inside, when I fold back the flap, that makes an impression.
Send me ice cream letters, if you've the time and it goes well with you.
You don't know how they raise my spirits and help to pass time, or delay.
I revel in your success, despair in you failings, in all you say and do;
Thanks in advance for your correspondence; hurry soon and send one my way.
Michael Todd (2013)