musings, life lessons & poetry from Theresa Jarosz Alberti

Poetry Challenge – Day 28

Welcome to Day 28 of my 30-Day Poetry Challenge!

Comment on today’s poem to win a copy of my poetry book, “(After) Confession… I’m giving away a copy every day. Scroll down below the poem for more details about this Poetry Challenge.

No winner today. I think we are all feeling fatigue as Poetry Month nears the end, you the readers/commenters, and I certainly am as the writer! I’ll do a raffle tomorrow, or not, no big deal. I’ve been so appreciative of how this project has gone so far. 

Now onto today’s poem. Don’t forget to comment, and check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won!

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Today’s prompt: draft a prose poem in the form/style of a postcard. If you need some inspiration, why not check out some images of vintage postcards  

Note: Mine took a dark turn…

Dear So-and-So… Wish You Were Here


It sounds so friendly, doesn’t it? You assume the missing “I” of course, the excited exclamation. That I long for your dear company here in this balmy sun-splashed paradise, sipping mai-tais together on the beach. But oh, what if actually the “don’t you” is absent, the question taunting, my sadistic side wanting to remind you, I’m on vacation and you aren’t? Well, it eases my resentment over this day writing postcards out of guilt. Buying cheery cards, stamps, scribbling while palm trees sway above me, find a tropical post office somewhere. There, don’t you wish you were me?

Let’s get lunch when I get home. I’ll show you all the photos! Passively aggressively yours…


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  • I’m writing and posting a new poem every day through the month of April (yikes!), for better or worse.
  • AND, as a gift, I’m giving away a copy of my poetry book EVERY DAY this month. FREE!
  • Sign up to WIN a copy of (After) Confession by just leaving a comment beneath the poem of the day.
  • I will pick a winner every day in April! So comment every day for a new chance to win.

OR, you can purchase your own copy of (After) Confession for the new low price of $9.00 USD, shipping and handling included! Click here to read sample poems and purchase a copy.

April is National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.

This month’s posts are part of the  NaPoWriMo challenge — that’s National Poetry Writing Month. At, you’ll find links to other participating writers and their poetry. AND daily writing prompts for inspiration to write your own poems. Check them out.

I’m so looking forward to your comments–  it doesn’t have to be about the poem. Write anything, share the name of your favorite poet or poem, write about the weather, whatever! And thanks for reading.

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Photo credit: Vintage postcard off of Pinterest, and Ricardo Gomez, courtesy of


  1. Nora Jane Krahn

    Very funny Theresa…like your darker side, and I can see myself in those shoes- or sandals !

  2. Martha Bilski

    Nice Job. It is hard to write evry day!

  3. Sharon

    Ha! Passive aggressively yours! I once had an argument with someone about whether I was passive aggressive or not (an odd argument, I know), but as it turns out there’s multiple types of aggression.

    Anywho, I didn’t find this poem particularly dark. And I enjoyed it in an odd sort of way. So maybe it’s dark in just the right way.

    I had some trouble with this prompt, but I got it done so it looks like I’m going to make it after all!

  4. Barbara Moffett

    Yeah, quiet resentment stirred up in a poem-juicy!
    An aside-Do they still sell postcards?

    • Theresa Alberti

      Oh yes, Barbara… I do still see postcards out there, and even receive them from time to time. It’s does have an old-school feel to it now, when you can just post about a trip on Facebook so easily.

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