Thomas Downing – Aphrodisiac

Thomas Downing


Forbidden, still the postman sees
          the envelope as aphrodisiac.
Criminal to open, but not to scent and scan,
          he carries Sarah from her door.

She’s within, naked, waiting for him.
          Her mind’s outside, working other places.
She does not return to lunch
          when he delivers. She has no pets.

Who is this Mr. David Brewer?
          He takes his mail in Erie, PA.
Weekly photos, finger noticed, leave her—
          envelope opened a first class day later.

Who is this Ms. Sarah Hawthorne?
          She takes her mail in Pittsburgh, PA.
She does not know the postman’s name is John.
          One year later, will John know her to see her?

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