I wrote a goodbye letter
to someone I don’t know
man named Tomasso I have never known
a man named Tomasso I wrote the letter
by hand on a piece of manilla colored Crane’s stationery:
Dear Tomasso I am, in the words of
Elvis Presley returning you to your sender.
I hope you know who Elvis is but
even if you don’t you’ll get the idea
that You Should Go. Elvis sings
Return to Sender Address Unknown
and that’s what I am writing you.
I don’t have to explain, so I won’t.
Dear Tomasso Whoever You Are
Whoever You Were It’s Time
to Say Goodbye
(and then, I was very
careful choosing my stamp. Just for
contrast, I picked a new stamp
Marvin Gaye and thought to myself
Tomasso will never notice the link
between Marvin and Elvis and that
won’t matter any more.)