FOUND by Jodi on the corner of Clinton and East Broadway, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York
I had to fight the urge to rewrite and resubmit this for her.
FOUND by Andrew inside a teen-fiction library book
I worked for a small town public library which provided a great source for lost materials as patrons seemed to use anything nearby as a handy bookmark. Oftentimes, we’d try to reunited these misplaced items with their owners, but it wasn’t always possible. This was one such item that caught my eye. I doubt the drawing had intended to be related to the poem, but after re-reading the painful words, I found some kind of resonation between the two.
FOUND by Jason in Honolulu, Hawaii
I was on my way to work when this torn piece of paper caught my eye. The garbage collectors had already came by, but this seemed to have gotten away. It was written on card stock, and I think it was the inside front cover of a book or something. I’m not sure what kind of letter it is, if Hyunju is a guy or a girl’s name, or if that person even lives in my neighborhood. The letter starts well enough, then goes awry. “I’m so glad you are the one…” then “something about you…” and finally “about the shit you…” Aren’t those the words to Alanis’ “You Outta Know”?
I’d really like to find out the rest of this letter. It’s a quarter of something emotionally stirring, because it wouldn’t have been ripped liked this otherwise.
FOUND by John Dulworth in Midtown West, Manhattan, New York
This find so touched me. I was kind of flooded with a mix of memories and emotions when I realized what I was holding. First off, I was happy to discover that kids still pass notes. With all the technology advancements and changes in just the last 15 to 20 years, I’d imagined that there was nothing that still connected the school kid generations. As I picked this note up, I was transported back in time to when I was a kid in school, feeling immediately connected to these two young souls. I send out silent prayers to them in hopes that everyone is well and happy.
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FOUND by Ryan D. in Logan Square, Chicago, Illinois
Found this letter across the street from an elementary school. I thought it might be a love letter, and it is, sort of, but a little more poignant from a young mother to her absentee (locked up?) partner expressing love for her kids and hope for the future. I think it’s pretty much up your alley.