TENNESSE SENIOR POET LAUREATE
Malu Graham

MAIL CALL


Love, write as loudly as you can!
in boldface script, italics, dashes;
write daily to your soldier man;
use rumbling words with lightning flashes!

In boldface script, italics, dashes;
write shouts of love to drown my fear;
use rumbling words with lightning flashes!
Midst shrieking bullets, make me hear.

Write shouts of love to drown my fear
with brazen love-talk, lusty breaths;
midst shrieking bullets, make me hear
your sweet, life-giving voice, not Death's.

With brazen love-talk, lusty breaths,
send out a song whose notes ring clear:
your sweet, life-giving voice, not Death's--
Death's bloodstained jaws are always near.

Send out a song whose notes ring clear;
weep noisily on tearstained pages.
Death's bloodstained jaws are always near;
for here in Hell, the battle rages.

Weep noisily on tearstained pages;
write daily to your soldier man,
for here in Hell, the battle rages;
love, write as loudly as you can!

Malu Graham
Memphis, Tennesse

Malu Graham
with granddaughter Leah Taylor
MALU GRAHAM, 87, Memphis, is a retired high school teacher of French and Spanish. She was named Poet Laureate of the Poetry Society of Tennessee, 2006-2007. She describes herself as a proud grandmother and great grandmother, living alone in the company of two cats. Her sign is Gemini.