Almanac Poetry: ‘Pen Pals’ – Tommy Mallet


Pen Pals


Robert, i’m pen pals with a friend,
who is hard, has had a hard life,
is living a hard life,
dying, that bit more,
each poem she sends.

Each drink she downs.

Tortured by the past, her addictions,
the son the lover who didn’t love her,
who didn’t want the son,
won’t let her see,
for spite.


who’s drinking herself to death,
into and out of nut houses on her way down.

Her poems, sent via email to me,
and herself,
and only us,
are the best writing I’ve ever read.
They bleed, and brag and dare you for a reason
to go to war,
and defy,
and oh, they hurt and fall.

I have a front row seat
to the death of a good, tough bastard,
who deserves more.

Who i want to help more,
but can only read and nudge,
over these great distances,
with verse replies.

And hope she reaches, claws,
in this downward spiral,
and finds someone else besides
distant strangers,
and drowning quantities of ginger wine.


Some of me is jealous
of her pain,
as opposed to my current, smothering banality,
Other parts just want to save her.

Save her! 

With no idea how.


Of course,
the question must be asked –


is reading her death helping avert it,
or giving it the audience
it craves?


Tommy Mallet


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  1. Malby Dangles says

    Great poem and drawing, Tommy

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