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Postcards... From the Mists of Time

Poppy’s February Prompts: #2

By Angie the Archivist 📚🪶Published 6 months ago 1 min read
       From the Mists of Time
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Dear Mum,

Yes… I arrived safely!

A picturesque postcard captured the

Spectacularly steep zig-zag street in San Francisco

Selection pored over… a gem unearthed from amid the gravel.

Excitement fizzes, adrenaline surges, laughter bubbles…

It’s the start of my long-awaited overseas travel!

Cramped writing smudged by the hand

One exotic stamp affixed hastily…

In the mailbox it does land.

Mother Dear waits…




Just phone….

Or text… or use Internet!

No fear! The phone was too dear!

And, stretching way back into the mists of time…

Those other communication marvels weren’t invented yet!

Oft, the holiday winged more swiftly than the mail

Intrepid traveller warmly welcomed home

In time to greet the precious

Picturesque postcard.

A souvenir



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Comments (11)

  • Bonnie Bowerman5 months ago

    Loved the tender feel to this - precious memories - beautifully expressed!

  • This piece of nostalgia made my heart want to fly half way around the world and see every place I’ve never seen.

  • Babs Iverson5 months ago

    Beautifully written & loved it!!!💕♥️♥️

  • Andy Potts6 months ago

    That brings back so many memories. Used to love getting and sending postcards when I was a kid. And remember my first language exchange trips to Europe when you'd arrive at your host family and be invited to make one, ultra-quick phone call to convince your own family you weren't dead!

  • Anna 6 months ago

    So deligtful!!😍

  • This was awesomeeee! If you tweak it a little, you can enter this into the Inverse challenge as well!

  • Poppy 6 months ago

    Hahaha, I loved that ending. Hope it's a true story because that's really funny!! Also don't know how my mum would survive without me being able to message her saying I arrived safely😂 Love how you encaptured the excitement of arriving ready for a holiday.

  • Shirley Belk6 months ago

    I've always loved post cards. Too bad we don't use them more often.

  • Randy Baker6 months ago

    Nicely done! I have a stack of postcards that my dad brought back from a stint overseas. Only a few were written on and mailed. I don't know for sure, but I imagine the unmarked ones made it home before the ones he'd written on.

  • John Cox6 months ago

    This is a wonderful poem, Angie, like a favorite and forgotten confection from childhood. I love the visual structure of the poem as well! We have countless post cards purchased when we lived in Germany in dozens of scrapbooks. It's a fun way to remember!

  • Andrea Corwin 6 months ago

    Loved it. 💕And the zig zag in SF is cool (used to go there for work frequently). Postcards in an album depict scenes sometimes better than photos so I did that for awhile. Welcome back a day before the postcard arrived.

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