Letter with Poem Attached
Email with Poem Attached

Harold Bowes

Dear Shelley,

We've returned from our vacation in the nation's capital. We spent most of our time in the museums on the mall. I liked the art museums best. The day after we visited the national cathedral, we were in an office building when the earthquake struck. None of us had ever been in an earthquake before. It feels like such a long time since the last time I saw you.

With Affection,


Maybe it's an air pocket, I don't know
When you pull the sheet up over your body
The moment before it alights
On each toe
During the earthquake a few tiles fell
From the ceiling at Union Station, ivory and gold,
Like layers of mica,
While a gargoyle leaped from the Cathedral tower
To the grass below