Snail mail, or: Love

My 1st Envelope Quintet

(a d’Verse Quadrille)

“What a bother,” she thought, as she licked the stamp,
“We needn’t bother with snail mail nowadays,
but Gramps can’t be bothered to use a PC,
so I’ll humor his sweet, old, bothersome ways.”
She knew he’d relish her letter, under his favorite lamp.

The prompt:

Come “bother” up a poem

The above ‘envelope quintet’ is my take on d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge #126.

The quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word “bother” in a quadrille.

This piece is entirely fictional; the subject was inspired by the name of this poetic form. Also, I found the featured image only after completing the poem itself.

109 thoughts on “Snail mail, or: Love”

  1. This is soo sweet 😀 I love the idea of one reading a letter under their favorite lamp. We are certainly fond of our elderly even though we have to go the extra mile. 💝💝

    1. Yes, for sure. I had a very special relationship with my last grandparent (my mom’s mom) before she died – that was very precious to me.

      Thanks, Sanaa


    1. I’m old enough to have had pen pals in elementary school… and I remember receiving care packages from friends and family while I was at summer camp!

      Thanks, Molly 🙂


      1. On occasion. I usually express to them that it isn’t required because my joy is in writing them. Most do not but everyone let’s me know how much they mean to them. Thanks for asking.

  2. We have snail mail restrictions now. We can send mail within Trinidad and Tobago, we can send to the USA and no where else. Pre Covid i was sending cards to my friend in Croatia, Africa, Canada, Germany India and other places.
    Its tough this virus

    Thanks for dropping by my blog to read mine


  3. Nicely done, hinging on the PC centerline, Ben. And the fact that the old guy has a favorite lamp amplifies him nicely. Salute!

  4. Really great poem David! So sweet and considerate to send the letter to accommodate him. The way it should be! We are not all the same.

      1. Some of us older folks don’t appreciate all the digital changes like the younger generation, so it is nice when that is taken into consideration even if it is a bother!

  5. Ah what a sweet portrait you paint, Ben, of love’s “bothersome” ways that are yet so cherished, the letter read by lamplight making all the difference to two hearts

    1. Thanks so much, Dora ❤

      BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’ – that’s my first name. The word ‘ben’ just means: ‘son of’ in Hebrew (like ‘ibn’ in Arabic, for example).


        1. Dora – no need at all to apologize! I knew what I was getting into when I selected my pen name… but it just feels more personal to be ‘David’ to my blogger-friends 🙂


  6. I enjoyed this, David. It paints a vivid picture. I remember how I used to wait eagerly for letters coming in the post. I also admire the work that goes into these poems – the form and structure, etc.

  7. There’s something romantic about old-fashioned letters, isn’t there. In fact, the last one I wrote was probably a love letter. But that was a long time ago…

    1. I wrote one to my brother nearly ten years ago… but after the fact, it seemed silly to me and I never did it again. We interact exclusively online now.

  8. It reminded me of those days of writing love letters and dropping the same in QMS box for quick delivery. You have given an idea for one more poem. You are such a lovely guy. 😊❤️

  9. A generous step to send the letter, and I’m sure Gramps will appreciate it. My mom prefers snail mail to e-mail, and she always puts thought into which stamp she uses on the envelope. So they’re specific to holidays, seasons, and such.

  10. A dying art, it’s many years since I wrote a letter, they used to be fun, I love how you attach the letter to actual flesh, to people, grounding the experience.

  11. Aww. This is so sweet. Like everyone else here, I very much appreciate snail mail. And I love the little addition of “his favorite lamp” (I guess I also love lamps).

    1. you should! and follow d’Verse – they have prompts on Mon/Tues/Thurs, and you can share your work with other poets there – it’s a very supportive community!


  12. I like your poems and subscribed now. I also like snail mail, it is very special now.
    Many greetings from Dresden/Germany

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