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Failure to Communicate

I am not very good
at telling you how I feel.

I write you love letters
in the sand of the shore
but the sea keeps
washing them away
before I can sign them
with I love you I love you
please stay with me.

I write you love letters
every day I tie them
to the legs of carrier birds
but they go in circles
they get lost in transit
they get blown off course
and never make their way
to you.

I write you love letters
in languages
you don’t know how to read.

I write you love letters
you don’t read.

This poem was originally published under the pen name Gabriel Gadfly.
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