Three Thank You Notes I Have Been Meaning To Write…….Addresses Unknown
Dear Walt Whitman,
I love writing poetry, like you. I read “Song of Myself” the other day. Your beautiful
poem from Leaves of Grass that I love.
I cannot imagine what it was like for you living during the Civil War but I know what it means to want to celebrate the diversity of people.
We are not the same sex. You are male and I, well, I am female, but what does that mean I ask myself. You understand, don’t you?
We need more of your optimistic kind today. Celebrating in the streets our differences
Thank you for understanding. I don’t feel so lonely now that I have heard
Dear Anzia Yezierska,
I am a believer is education for everyone, just like you.
I read your book, Bread Givers, the other day, it was so beautifully written.
I cannot imagine the poverty on the lower east side of New York you lived through to write about, but I understand your need to walk away from a man who wanted to own you and I know what it is like to feel over worked.
You are of a different faith than I. You being Jewish and I being, well I am not sure, you understand don’t you?
We need more of your determined kind today. Standing up to stereotypes by being one’s self.
Thank you for understanding. I don’t feel so afraid of my future now that I have heard
Dear Toni Morrison,
I am a woman like you. I read Beloved the other day. Your masterpiece is what
they are calling it.
I cannot imagine what it was like to be a slave as you so vividly
write about for the generations now living. But I know what it is to be haunted by traumatic memories.
We are not of the same race, You are African-American, I, well I am not sure now what to call myself, you understand, don’t you?
We need more of your empowered kind today. Teaching people to heal and cultivate diversity.
Thank you for understanding. I don’t feel so lost in the past now that I have heard
By: Amanda Cook