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)
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 & Gibraltar). 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.