KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 2: Winter 2015
Poem: 97 words

Penny Postcard, 1902 (No Cancellation)

by Kathryn Kulpa
Marion Heaton signed only her name 
On a Valentine postcard. Time can never explain
What you meant to say, Marion, but left unsaid
On a Valentine postcard. Was your lover dead? 

Were you left at the altar? Did he lead you to shame? 
Yellow roses, not red; only ashes, no flame. 
A language of flowers, flirtation by fan
And history tells us what history can, 

But Marion Heaton had nothing to say 
To her might-have-been lover that Valentine’s Day. 
On a Valentine postcard, unmailed and unclaimed, 
Marion Heaton signed only her name.

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