Dear Penpal, I almost made it in time

It’s been a long time

I realize


it’s been too long

Time turned into years

since I received your first letter

mailed from a small beach town

you discovered my poetry book

in a used bookstore

and mailed a 7 page letter

I wrote and

sent you a signed collection

of my other books

we continued a relationship

through hand written letters





we enjoyed the mystery

of creating an alternative

reality of each other

from handwritten letters

we never talked

or shared photos

we were content to stay

mystery friends


what each other

was like

just when

I planned a surprise trip

for us to meet

a letter from your sister, Gloria

arrived saying

waves on the beach

engulfed you

in their arms

and carried you





and now I wish

I only wish

I could do a redo

and make this ending


Published by Jim Wortham

As a teen, wanted to live from writing poetry. Wrote several books, selling nationally. Hung out with readers throughout the United States. My writing has been on back burner. Now dusting off my desk and have my pen in hand. Hope you enjoy some of what I write.

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