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Weekend Writing Prompt #304 – Mail

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.  Love me the short ones.  Thanks for hosting, Sammi!

wk 304 mail

Mail is still delivered

directly to my front door

Unlike newer neighbourhoods

Requiring a walk and a key

No matter how you get your mail

A hand-written envelope

Containing news or wishes

Will always feel most special



93 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #304 – Mail

  1. Mail to your door. What a luxury. I have to drive with a key. It’s been years and years since I’ve received a letter written by hand. And almost a lifetime since I sent one. Love the delivery of your 37 words.

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  2. Hand written letters, notes and cards are one more thing that’s about to become extinct! How sad is that!

    I love your verse. Our mail, none of it hand written, is deposited in our mailbox across the street. Not so bad. But I grew up with mail being delivered to our mailbox attached to the house alongside the front door.

    I don’t always write a letter, but I often send “Thinking of You” cards to friends and family and include a hand written note. You can’t beat the personal touch. It’s a guaranteed smile maker!

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    • They are but I like to think they’ll make a come back like records have!

      Thank you, Ginger. Across the street is not too bad. My sister’s is at the end of her driveway. I get it right in my mailbox hooked up beside my door.

      That is a wonderful thing to do! It is a guarantee!

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  3. Lovely Rita the Mail maid
    Reads the love letters
    She finds
    Among the bills
    The summons
    She carefully opens the envelopes
    Reads all
    Glues them back
    Keeps a tab
    When the answer is late
    She writes back

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  4. Getting a real letter is indeed something special. I think I will try sending more.
    Our mail comes to the mailbox beside our front door. I think that’s true of most people around here. Some places have their mailboxes are the curb or street.

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    • I think I will, as well. Everyone loves getting one. 🙂
      Same in my neighbourhood. Go over about two streets (newer neighbourhoods) and no more direct-to-door.

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  5. Dear Dale,

    Nothing compares to a letter or a card from a friend. Emails are nice, but handwriting says a lot about a person. Our mailbox is at the end of our driveway. Mostly what comes to it is junque mail, but occasionally there’s a card or a letter written in longhand, ie cursive. 😉
    Love the poem and sentiment.

    Shalom and lotsa personal hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      You are so right and I cannot agree more. Love the junque 🙂 Not receiving it, your spelling of it 😀

      Shalom and lotsa love on the note,


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  6. Snail mail is something I still look forward to. Even the junk mail seems special anymore. I just have to walk down our driveway to the mailbox, so it’s also a form of exercise! 😉

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  7. Mail always comes with that opportunity for great happiness, but I just wish it could arrive at the same time. I’ve never lived anywhere where the timing of the delivery has been so varied. I certainly don’t mind getting the exercise out to the street and back a couple of times each day, but when its pouring I’d like to know for sure the mail is in my mail box, whether it is happy stuff…or just stuff!

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    • An extra reason to love that all I have to do, is open my door enough to stretch out my arm and reach into the mailbox 😉 But yes, it is so much better when we know the when!
      You don’t have one of those lever things the mail person can lift up? that would be so practical – assuming they actually used it!!

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  8. Q

    I have to admit, I hate mail. I hate the sight of the mailbox. The last time I looked forward to getting the mail, I still smelled of peepee. So the fact you don’t have an actual mailbox is some cool shit! I dig that very much.


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  9. Wish I had a moment to participate. I have been ill since the powerful windstorm we had yesterday and the electricity went out. Luckily, my insulin just came in under the deadline to toss out as it’s the weekend and I wouldn’t be able to get more till probably Wed. or Thurs. I encourage others to participate though and I will do so asap.

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  10. Letter writing used to be a major activity in my life. From moving so often, I really had only that means to keep in touch with friends and distant family. I regret having lost touch with some entirely. Not much chance of ever finding Karen Davis or Julie Wilson! Why couldn’t they have had unique names? Christmas is now the only time I send handwritten letters, with the exception of thank-you notes, which I try to do regularly.

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    • Then you are still a cut above, Eilene! My image was taken just before I decided to finally toss the lot. I had been carrying that box from place to place for over 50 years! It was hard but I realised that once I am gone, it’s one more thing for my kids to get rid of.


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    • You are so far from being alone, my friend. I love to receive notes and letters in the mail.
      And, while I prefer to hold a book, I am not averse to using my kindle (especially on vacation or before bed, where no light is needed).

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  12. “What do you want, Dad?”
    “I would love it if you would write me a hand written letter.”

    What is the name of that song? —– Anticipation…

    Excellent, Dale. And I agree.

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  13. You’re write!
    Now, to get off my butukus and write some back.
    Excuse.. busy walking, drawing and sewing.
    Of course general life gets in the way, too!
    Money? Dinner? Sleep?

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  14. Mail is simply the best. I live rural so have to go to town to pick it up in a mail box and I always wonder what kind of surprise there will be. Nice poetry. Bernie

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