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It is depressing

if you write a long letter,

filled with juicy news

and you don’t get a reply;

or, if it’s returned

and the envelope is torn;

someone has scribbled:

no longer at this address:

it is most discomfiting.

You check the postage.

Has the seal been tampered with?

You toss it aside

and you cannot be bothered

to set it all down again.