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MISSIVE TO MYSELF
(7/8/16)


it was
a high school
honors English
assignment

leap mentally
from 18
to 23

predict
our lives
5 years
ahead

our instructor
would keep them

then
mail them
to us
when the projected
time
had been reached

I fabricated
a fiction
of employment

location

salary

relationship

as if
I were watching
a movie

handed
it in

forgot
about it

~

mail call
US Coast Guard
LORAN Station Attu
May 1983

an unexpected
letter
arrives for me

forwarded
from home

addressed
by my own
hand

I had no
recollection
of the content

upon reading
I remembered
our task

my prediction
looked comical
in retrospect

I hadn't
guessed
that I'd be
a seaman apprentice
on the last island
in the Aleutian
chain

quite
the social
comedown
from my anticipated
state

but an escape
from the mundane
that I
could have never
dreamed