Penny Postcard, 1902 (No Cancellation)
Marion Heaton signed only her name
On a Valentine postcard. Time can never explain
What you meant to say, Marion, but left unsaid
On a Valentine postcard. Was your lover dead?
Were you left at the altar? Did he lead you to shame?
Yellow roses, not red; only ashes, no flame.
A language of flowers, flirtation by fan
And history tells us what history can,
But Marion Heaton had nothing to say
To her might-have-been lover that Valentine’s Day.
On a Valentine postcard, unmailed and unclaimed,
Marion Heaton signed only her name.
This poem first appeared in KYSO Flash.
Read Kathryn's story, "Jessie's Egg" elsewhere in The Ekphrastic Review.
Read Kathryn's story, "Cooking Tips for the Demon-Haunted," here.
Kathryn Kulpa is the author of Who's the Skirt? (Origami Poems Project), a micro-chapbook; Girls on Film (Paper Nautilus), a flash chapbook, and Cooking Tips for the Demon-Haunted, forthcoming from New Rivers Press. Her stories have appeared in Five South, Monkeybicycle, Smokelong Quarterly, and Wigleaf. Kathryn is a librarian and a flash editor for Cleaver magazine.
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