It's not every day that someone writes an intensely moving poem for you.
Elly Bookman and I met at Colby during my sophomore year. I was in the Colbyettes (Colby's oldest all-female a capella group) for a year at that point . I first met Elly during try-outs that fall. She serenaded the group with her gorgeous voice and my favorite Coldplay song...the girl knows how to get to me). The decision to accept her into the group was unanimous and, from then on, I've been lucky enough to call Elly my friend.
Elly and I also share an intense love for poetry and often trade our work. It's wonderful to have a friend who appreciated this side of me and it's been exciting to watch her passion grow over the years. Elly's writing was consistently recognized by Colby professors as outstanding and, when she graduated college, she applied for her Masters in Fine Arts. She was immediately accepted into a highly selective poetry program at UNC Greensboro where she is today, immersing herself in the art form she loves. Recently, Elly was also the winner of the first annual Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for her phenomenal poem, Another Thing I'd Rather Not Know about Myself . The poem was recently published on the back cover of The American Poetry Review - one of world's premiere literary journals ! ! I couldn't be prouder of my talented friend and - mark my words- I know she'll be a famous writer one day.
On one particular night this past September, my pain was worse than ever and sadness hit me pretty hard. I was sitting in my studio apartment alone on a Friday night, not really wanting to socialize. Night was falling and I began feeling worse and worse. All of a sudden a message popped up from Elly (who I was admittedly quite out of touch with at that point). It was entitled "A Get Well Present For You!" Curious, I pulled my computer closer and opened her letter: