Handwriting is not taught today in schools
as it was in my young schooldays
when cursive swirls were supposed to flow
from fountain pens – but my letters were slanted
wrongly and teachers criticized these early words.
Don’t explain too much; avoid fancy words;
do not take shortcuts at the cost
of clarity; prefer standard to the offbeat;
make sure the reader knows who’s speaking
do not use dialect; revise and rewrite.
a found ronka poem from The Elements of Style
Poems on used envelopes. New England frugality.
Never meant for someone. Meant for everyone.
Answering mail with verse. And remaining silent.
Crossings-out, dashes, spaces, columns and overlapping planes.
One poem for each of fifty-two weeks.