Friday, June 7, 2013

Poem: Apostrophe



To Whom it May Concern

you are the nameless, the faceless,
the as-yet-to-be-announced
in wills and deeds, and in notices
that a spouse has left you
and you are no longer responsible
for their debts

you are the legal John Doe
encompassing the as yet unborn,
married, or divorced. All bases
are covered in your name.

the voice that belongs to the speaker
looking out over a crowd
at commencements, award ceremonies,
funerals, the meetings of heads of state
implying by his very tone that he is quite aware
of your presence in the audience,
gazing up breathless and awed
by his ponderous concepts.

the letter that comes addressed to 'BoxHolder',
"Current Resident" or "Present Owner"
and reads, intimately, "Dear Sir or Madam".

The greeting card couched in generalized passion
suitable for any lover, or in adoration that targets
any mother, anywhere, in a one-size-fits-all
tone guaranteed not to offend
even the most offensive recipient

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