Encyclopedic (Post)

Encylopedic (Post)

I wrote, as a child,
to my dead dog.
There is something about death that outweighs even
not knowing how to read,
meaning that delivery seemed a bigger issue
than comprehension.

I posted my letter at last
in the “D” section of my Junior Britannica,
though her name began with “C”.

This was not (at least not consciously)
because D stood for Death.
I wished for some Dog Heaven (with a post office)
where any passing Canine (drat)
might pass on a missive
of sore missing.

I never opened that Junior Britannica again,
though honestly, I’m not sure I’d ever opened it before then–
it was a single purpose
Britannica, a dead dog letter office.

Still, I cherish its cherry spine
more than any Santa’s nose
or maraschino memory.
There could be worse fates.


Drafty poem for Magpie Tales hosted by Tess Kincaid.  Tess posts a photo prompt each week, and the above pic is her prompt.  (All rights reserved by copyright holder).

I’ve written of this subject before; on one level, I apologize; on another, I note that it’s the kind of thing that sticks with you.  (I’ve edited enjambment since posting.)

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14 Comments on “Encyclopedic (Post)”

  1. Sian Says:

    Karin, lovely, extraordinary, poem. You led me right into your child mind. I could see your hands pulling down the encyclopedia and turning it to some use, finally, for a very important purpose. And I know why.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Sian, thank you so much! I have been watching that house pulled down with some sadness (on FB) as it seemed to have a lot of character. Hope you all are well and looking forward to a miraculous spring. Much love, k.

      On Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 7:52 AM, ManicDDaily wrote:


  2. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    The narrative says so much about a child’s means of coping with loss, and the poem says a lot about the adult, keeping both child and dog alive in memory.
    I found the whole very touching indeed.

  3. Sue Anderson Says:

    Enjoyed not only the poem but the peek into your childhood. Really nice.

  4. What a genuinely bitter-sweet poem… how to cope with sadness, and finding that letterbox encyclopedia… ties so well into that British mailbox too.

  5. Miss Stacy Says:

    love the witty play on words throughout the poem.
    very sentimental and endearing.

  6. ihatepoetry Says:

    Fascinating. This is both macabre and sentimental. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Marian Says:

    Yes, very touching. I hope you still have that junior Britannica as these lines suggest.

  8. hedgewitch Says:

    Very evocative of the ways our minds work at death and loss, how we make a resolution where perhaps none really exists, and yet, it is needful. Simple and luminous, k.

  9. Brendan Says:

    Death, love letters and knowledge: this is magic symbolon and says all about what we writers remain ever about.

  10. and file this under “s” Splendid… Sweetly Sentimental and Satisfying.

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