A simple note is never so simple
There is a draft
some time for reflection
on the sentence or two
that will carry my sentiments—
Reading it aloud again and again
Sifting through words that might miss their mark
or may be misconstrued as slightly offensive
Does the occasion call for such careful deliberation?
A simple note?
It’s signed, folded, inserted—
the envelope sealed—
then unsealed, removed, and unfolded before the saliva has dried—
One final inspection for lexical defects
Then refolded, reinserted, resealed with tape—
A simple note—
A congratulations on the birth of your son
And a happy second birthday to him, too.