“Undelivered Letter” – Edilson Afonso Ferreira

Undelivered Letter

Returned by Post – “unable to gain access”.


Father, we have had no opportunity to talk.

You do not believe how much has changed

this world so fondly you have bequeathed

to all of us.

The Grocery’s man does not accept cash,

everybody needs to have a Bank Account

and a Credit Card.

No more milkmen nor glass bottles, but

milk boxes that all people buy at immense

supermarkets, with their cameras sleepless

and furtively watching over us.

No more sidewalk chairs on the front porch

and neighbors sharing the latest daily news.

There are no more letters,

no business letters, no love letters;

there are only e-mails, sent by a computer,

which is called PC.

Photos are saved in a computer and no more

glued in a photo album, no more the fun you

and mom on collecting them.

All people have cell phones that we must take

anywhere we go and nobody has more privacy.

But, in spite of all of this, we are still alive

and remind of you every day.

© Edilson Afonso Ferreira

12 06 2009 141 (2)

Mr. Ferreira is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than Portuguese; his poems have been widely published in many Literary Reviews and, unhurried, is collecting his works for a forthcoming book

See some of his poems at www.edilsonmeloferreira.wordpress.com

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1 reply

  1. Beautiful narrative poem. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.


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