Maybe MAILCHIMP should rethink their language for those people who don’t want to receive my poems any more. Who Unsubscribe. (UNSUBSCRIBE?) How’s this?

DEAR Esther Cohen,

Because I so much LOVE
receiving your poems
and because I want to give them
my full and total attention
(I have printed out a few
and hang them up on my
wall on my fridge even
above the desk where I too
write some poems)I want to
tell you personally
not by using the odd weird
word UNSUBSCRIBE who in the world
would say UNSUBSCRIBE not me
I want to tell you that I am
waiting a few weeks maybe a
few months even until I can
devote the time they need
to be opened and to be read.

I will take a BRIEF VACATION
until then.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. I was in training for The Peace Corps many years ago. At that time and maybe still, those who didn’t make the cut were “deselected.”
    Love your poems and your blog. For me, they are perfect in length and frequency, almost daily bites of delicious food for the heart. Isn’t that the current menu fad . . . small bites? Thanks.

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