In answer to your query,
I live alone in your future’s past,
in silence and secret.
Tomorrow is a day I dread to meet,
so this letter I send in hopes you receive it.
A peculiar man follows me every moment I am awake
and watches me as I sleep.
He is assigned to me like a doctor to his patient
or a teacher to her student.
Never approaching, never speaking;
and certainly always just out of my sight.
Your letter arrived last week with warnings
and questions too numerous to recall.
My answer lives within this sealed envelope
though I doubt you will understand; at first.
Are you as smart as I believe,
able to solve puzzles and keys and ciphers?
If you can decipher my riddle perhaps the future will be saved;
perhaps the past will be released.
Please, my friend, understand my message.
[Letter reads as follows… ]
Thank you for your letter asking about the things I enjoyed as a child and now as an adult. Having you as my pen pal has been a wonderful adventure and I hope to one day meet you in person, though I’m certain that won’t happen. Keep in mind, these are only a few of the things you asked about and I have written them as a poem. Please ignore the first of each sentence that repeats over and over but I didn’t know how else to start each line. I’m not a great poet, as you can see.
Oh, and in answer to your query about the different things in my life. I have 7 cousins, all boys (if you can imagine) and 6 aunts and uncles. I have had 4 pets in my life so far but my last cat had 8 kittens which I had to get rid of 3 months ago or the landlady was going to throw me out on the street. I’ve had 9 different jobs but only 1 that I truly enjoyed. At the age of 10 I had my first surgery because I fell and lost one of my molars which became infected. Just last month, 7 of my former classmates decided to run in a marathon which took 9 hours for them to finish. I’m sure you had more questions but at the moment I don’t recall and need to send off this letter.
And here’s my silly poem… hope you like it!
I enjoy the sun as it likes to set but the sunrise is my favorite,
I enjoy coffee but hot chocolate with him is the best,
I enjoy puppies but kittens on my lap are my friends,
I enjoy swimming in the pool but an open fire is relaxing.
I enjoy teaching children and learning from them is a joy,
I enjoy scooping dirt into a pile but love to scatter seeds.
I enjoy the smell of roses but a spring rain is refreshing,
I enjoy the aroma of my father’s cigar but hate the ashes on the table.
I enjoy expressing myself in letters but music at the opera is my passion.
I enjoy walking to the park but running along the sea is my dream.
Hope to hear from you soon,
Your friend in time.
[End of letter/Cipher]
Inspiration: MagPie 308
Message to those who are reading this, please comment regarding this particular piece. I’m interested in whether or not it is clear what I am trying to portray. This is not my usual writing style or focus as this is half poetry, half very short story. This could be taken into the direction of a story, more than likely fantasy or sci-fi and I’m curious if others can see that as well.