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Poem: Before the Mail Stopped: August 22nd, 1999 

Dear Jake—

It was both sad and comforting reading your letter.
Sometimes I forget how his death touched other people
and not just his family.
The catalog has some tea sets in it. Hope it might help.
I’ll go to the cemetery and find objects from people
who knew him on the grave.
Enclosed is one of Adam’s infamous rib recipes and a hat.
He had so many.
His head was always covered with one.
His sister, Evelyn, has a couple of hats for the baby.
Adam told everyone, Evelyn named the baby after him.
You know, like Adam and Eve.
I’m also sending you some addresses and a couple of articles
from the Detroit Free Press you might be interested in.
The lighter is the best I can do.
I hope you can use it. I think it needs a flint.
Take care.

—Mrs. Dolores
  • A poem by J. D. Szalla.


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