Your Last Letter

Your Last Letter

A Poem by Tom Chan

A poem about a man returned to his wife after a long war.



Two thousand days you had left
All your letters I would get
You left me for the bloody war
It hurt my heart evermore


Every night I wept
Reminisced your embraces
Every thought of your kiss
It appeared in mist


But there was once
A scarlet autumn day
Your letter didn't fly
To the house of mine


I wept for days
My eyes they swelled
My countenance turned white
My lips grew grey


I stared at the sky
Curses upon you
And how could you
Abandon me


But then I heard you
Call out my name
Avarice, Avarice
And I turned to your eyes


You looked into me
Stared into my soul
Our green eyes met
That had long apart


You lifted me up
And brought me in
We shared a kiss
We shared a hug


You kissed my neck
I cried in ecstacy
Hard you played with me
I yelled out with lust


As the Sun shone brightly
Up in the bright azure sky
I woke up all alone
None of your traces in my bed


I walked out of the room
I called out for you
You disappeared leaving no trace
I wept all over again


I stopped when I heard a knock
On my cottage's door
I opened it to my surprise
It was no acquaintance of mine


He told me he knew you
He was a friend of yours
And a letter he handed me
The letter was from you


He felt sympathy for me
You were dead he told me
Two weeks ago you died
But it seemed impossible for me


He left as I cried in despair
But we reunited yesterday
I thought what had happened
Insanity had plagued me


No, I was not insane
I had a lot to prove
Your warmth, still inside me
And I was but conceived


© 2012 Tom Chan

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great :) i liked it a lot

Posted 10 Years Ago

This poem is like a rollercoaster. I love how you crafted it. It made me feel so many emotions and I if a poem has the ability to do that, it is definitely a successful piece. Well-done! I can't wait to see more of your work.

Posted 10 Years Ago

A beautiful, elegiac poem. It's filled with tenderness and realism, which can be difficult to pull off in poetry, but you are very good at it! I like the imagery you've chosen to represent love, death and the speaker's own "rebirth" after the tragedy. I was also touched by your choice of words in describing this "letter" received from the speaker's lover, as if it were really penned by the lover.

It's so full of passion and grief--very touching. Thanks for sharing this with us, Tom!

Posted 10 Years Ago

This was beautiful, and heartbreaking to read :/ It was very good, brilliant job. T.T haha

Posted 10 Years Ago

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Added on July 27, 2011
Last Updated on October 8, 2012
Tags: love, romance, depression


Tom Chan
Tom Chan

Shah Alam, Malaysia

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