Customer Service Enquiry

Dear Charon,

Have you updated payment systems

for your ferry on the Styx 

to allow ‘contactless’ payment,

or do you still insist on coins

complete or in bits?


(Just asking for a friend)

Yours truly,

Mort, A.L., esq


Dear Mr Mort,

For me, it as a rare treat indeed

to have a customer letter to read

letters about death are usually left

for the eyes of the newly bereft


and not for the ferryman


With respect to the tech

and with all due respect

despite combustion engine invention

there seems no intention


of providing one for the ferryman (I still have to row, row, row my boat gently down the stream).


In regard of cash or card

this may seem a trite hard

but the answer’s ‘no way’

will I change how souls pay


I just need to know who will pay the ferryman


I look forward to meeting you.

Yours in expectation


Styx River Ferry Corp. (Registered in Delaware, Malta & Isle of Man). No returns. No change given.

And now for our (optional) prompt. This is a twist on a prompt offered by Kay Gabriel during a meeting she facilitated at the Poetry Project last year. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a two-part poem, in the form of an exchange of letters. The first stanza (or part) should be in the form of a letter that you write either to yourself or to a famous fictional or historical person. The second part should be the letter you receive in response. These can be as short or long as you like, in the form of prose poems, or with line breaks – and of course, the subject matter of the letters is totally up to you.


CLP  11/04/2021

Something in these tears

your cheeks sting from the poison 

you’ve been holding in 

the stories you tell yourself

are like sports medals

pushed to the drawer back

corroding in a tin


memories can distort the past

can corrupt today

remember memory is malleable

not a library gathering dust

you are not a man of steel

tears won’t make you rust


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Ten prompt: Song + Contents of a drawer = poem. Song Rust by Echo and the Bunnymen. Drawer contents pictured.



CLP  10/04/2021

On Light

impressive structure

floodlights stand proud of stadium

still waiting on green


n.b. Television can never replace the real deal. Plan to be there or expect to be square (eyed)…whenever being there, or anywhere is allowed.


CLP 09/04/2021