Envelopes have vanished from our lives,
From thresholds where they were a wind .
Their sounds were midnight’s movements
Like rats in alleyways glowing in tiny eyes.
At times they would bring the bone’s rattle,
A mother serious but actually dead inside.
They would bring creepy-crawly alphabet
Of rising aspirations from a bottom to top.
A dead poet would write poems on backs,
Ones not meant to cross death’s threshold.
Letters now wear no envelopes over them
For our back-of-the envelope calculations.