Making Me

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burn upon receiving


a letter

trumps a poem

any day


you can say

whatever you need

to an anonymous audience


but every poet

is an artist

painting portraits

with a fine tip brush

dipped in intent


a message of hope

that must stay hidden

from the one you’re trying to reach

reject your mission

to save face


masked behind pleasantries

kill my worry

that it might not sever

this connection


forget the address

leave the envelope locked in a drawer

recipient with no name

to give my feelings away


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