A POEM by COURTNEY LEBLANC
He instructs us to write a letter
to someone telling them of the thing
that would change our lives forever.
I write to you, confessed
my uncertainties, my not-quite-love,
write it’s over, write I’m sorry,
so sorry. Sign my name.
We address our letters, fold
them. He collects them, piles
them on the table at the front
of the room. I watch the messy
stack of paper as he lectures.
At the end of class he lays
a hand on the stack, tells us
this thing we’ve written, this secret
we’ve confessed, this thing many
of us admitted to being terrified
of – we needed to write about it.
Then he lets us collect our letters
and leave. I tuck mine
into my pocket, forget about it.
You found it three days later.
Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the chapbooks All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and The Violence Within (Flutter Press) and is an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Public Pool, Rising Phoenix Review, The Legendary, Germ Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Brain Mill Press, Haunted Waters Press, and others. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her blog at www.wordperv.com, follow her on twitter: @wordperv, or find her on facebook: www.facebook.com/poetry.CourtneyLeBlanc.