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Letter - 24th Prompt from Brenda Arledge

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Overview

Brenda Arledge has given Hubpage authors a 24th prompt, which is “letter”. She reads what we write and gives us feedback, so what more could we ask?

There are many things we can think of about that prompt, but I thought of the practice of writing letters, like we did when I was young,

Handwritten letters are usually written using cursive. However, people seldom write letters anymore, and I have heard that many schools do not teach cursive writing. I find that very sad. These children will even have difficulty reading a historical document or ever writing a letter using cursive handwriting.

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Acrostic Poem

Letters can always be kept forever

Each word we love touches our heart

To take the time to write to loved ones

Telling them how much they are missed

Each word relays our love and feelings

Remembering to send our precious love

How to Write a Friendly Letter

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Cursive Letter Writing

Texting our friends is so popular today

A quick call on the cell phone is okay

Communicating quickly is here to stay

Family and friends always find a way


Letters express our loving heart

Some people can not even start

Writing letters takes some time

Sometimes we use words that rhyme


The sad lost art of our letter writing

Keeps us in touch to allow no fighting

Beautiful cursive may not be taught

Writing a letter, expressing a thought


Children aren't taught to write a letter

Surely the teachers can do much better

Cursive writing is becoming a lost art

Reading and writing is very smart

Brad Paisley - Letter To Me

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 10, 2021:

Thank you for that information, Miebakagh. I don't have a fountain pen, but I will try to buy one soon.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 10, 2021:

Pamela99, it seems you don't have a fountain pen. It goes with an ink bottle, Quink being the best. Thanks.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 10, 2021:

Hi Miebakagh,

I have never had bottles of ink like you, just a pen. I'm glad you enjoy the cursive style of writing.

Thank you for your comments. Have a great day!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 10, 2021:

Caligraphy or cursive style is the best form of hand writing. That I used to write letters to friends and loved ones. I've two bottles of Quink black and blue with some fountain pen.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 10, 2021:

Hi Lora,

I fully agree with you about the importance of learning to read and write in cursive.

Letters from loved ones are a precious gift, and I save them also. I'm glad you are still writing letters to your daughter. I have arthritis in my hands, and my writing looks rather sad these days.

I am glad you consider this to be a good response to Brenda's prompt, and that you feel the same way I do about cursive writing. It feels wonderful to get a letter in the mail from a loved one. Thank you so much for your comments. Have a good day!

Lora Hollings on August 10, 2021:

Pamela, your article is a wonderful response to Brenda’s prompt. I loved your poem and the insights that you expressed about the lost art of cursive writing. I agree wit you that is very sad that children growing up today won’t be able to read or write in cursive. I read that cursive writing is very good for eye hand coordination and developing the brain in children and now we are taking that away from them and substituting it with more technology! A sad situation indeed. The cursive letters that I received from my mother are among my most precious gifts. And I still love sending handwritten letters to my daughter too. I never want to lose the art of cursive writing. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 09, 2021:

Hi Brian,

I feel the same way as you about cursive writing. I have letters I treasure, and they are in cursive. Today people communicate quickly through text and emails.

I am glad you enjoyed reading the poems. Thank you so much for your comments. Have a good week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 09, 2021:

Hi Flourish,

I think it is sad that children are not learning cursive. I have hears that some teachers wee trying to teach it anyway. I found so much informations doing genealogy research, and it was all in cursive. It's a shame your daughter was not taught.

Thank you for your comments. Have a good week!

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 09, 2021:

I agree with you about cursive. My daughter never learned it, as they stopped teaching it a year before she would have learned it in second grade. She has trouble reading my script and cannot read old family letters that we have that are in cursive. They may as well be in another language. Although my penmanship is terrible because of too many years in grad school, my mother has beautiful cursive. It doesn't matter because my daughter still cannot read it.

Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on August 09, 2021:

An interesting poem and a pleasure to read, Pamela. It made me think of those early days when snail mail was the only way to connect with our loved ones near and far by penning our thoughts and love on paper for them to read and treasure. Those were also the days we rely heavily on our own handwriting as compared to now where we even have apps to translate audio into text. Being able to write beautifully especially in various cursive styles is a skill these days, in which not many can do.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 08, 2021:

Life will change for the better. It always does. Take care of yourself.

Much love to you!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 08, 2021:

Thanks for your kind words, Pamela. Yes am feeling a little low so was not online from past few weeks.

Much Love!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 08, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I have missed you and so glad to read your comments. I am glad you found these poems to be a good response to Brenda's prompt. I am glad you enjoyed them too.

Love and blessings to you too. I hope you are okay and all is well.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 08, 2021:

Pamela, this is a very beautiful response to the word prompt, letters.

I truly enjoyed reading your poems. The acrostic poem is also very nice. Even when it seems all is dark--

There will be light to guide your way. This quote is so inspirational and motivational. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Blessings and Love to you, dear friend

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 08, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

Many schools are not teaching cursive writing, which I think its wrong. Hand written letters are surely a treasure, and I have no doubt you could pen a beautiful letter.

I'm glad you like this as a response to Brenda's prompt. I appreciate your nice comments.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 08, 2021:

Yes. And thanks.

manatita44 from london on August 08, 2021:

I love your idea of using the Albhabet. Did you say they don't teach that style anymore?

Letters that are handwritten are so meaningful! Of course I have the gift of writing and sometimes I do write touching letters to many humans. Alas! I too, use the quick way. Excellent effort at Brenda's prompt

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 08, 2021:

I hope you have a lovely Sunday also, Miebakagh.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 08, 2021:

Every one "have a lovely Sunday" today.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 08, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I have those same childhood memories as you. I loved my grandmother and loved getting her letters.

Emails are definitely quicker. Thank you so much for your comments. Have a lovely Sunday!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 08, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I think it is sad children are not taught to write letters or to write using cursive.

I have some very old letters that I treasure. I haven't written a letter in a long time either, but it is a skill that is slipping away.

Do not worry about how quickly you respond. I am sorry to hear about your mother's cats. I love cats and I know how attached we become to our pets.

I appreciate your comments, Brenda. Have a lovely Sunday.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 07, 2021:

Pamela

It is sad that no one takes the time to write letters anymore.

Even more so, that the schools no longer teach it.

Your acrostic poem shows us how important it is to write letters.

We can keep them & read them whenever we want.

In your poem, "Cursive Letter Writing" you tell us communicating quickly seems to be the way nowadays.

Everyone seems to use cell phones.

It's sad that letter writing has become a lost art.

Pamela

I agree. Letter writing has that certain charm that touches one's heart.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Sorry about the delay...

My mother had two kittys pass away in one day.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 07, 2021:

Thank you for sharing your interesting poetry, Pamela. Writing and receiving letters (and postcards) was a lovely part of my childhood. I corresponded regularly with my godmother. We both enjoyed writing letters to each other and describing what we had been doing in our lives. Email is certainly a quicker way to write to someone and to receive a response from them, but I still think about my childhood letters.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I type also as my writing is not that good anymore, but I think children should learn also for a few different reasons. Using fine motor skills is one reasons, and they will be able to read historical documents also.

I am glad you like my response to Brenda's prompt. Thank you so much for your comments.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 07, 2021:

Hi Pamela, wonderful response to this week's word prompt. Cursive writing has a charm of its own but it's a forgotten art. Children nowadays are expert at texting and seem to dislike writing. I too find it easier to type but still like to write in my diary and journal sometimes.I enjoyed reading your poems. Have a great weekend.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

I understand as my handwriting is not very good any more. It is wonderful that you have a friend in Germany who writes you.

The most writing I do is on a card, birthday, get well, etc. Thank you for your interesting comments.

Have a great weekend!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 07, 2021:

I well remember those days of letter writing. Today, I find it much easier to type a letter because my handwriting is not what it once was. My friend from Germany still writes letters and they are a treasure to read. She is still old school and does not even own a computer.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2021:

Hi Miebakagh,

I love the old style too, and I'm glad to have some treasured letters saved.

Thank you for your comments.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 07, 2021:

I still write letters in the form of notes. Most writers at HP does. Then I hit the notes on my computer keyboard. To a dear or loved one, I write in Caligraphy. I love the style. It's a classic.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2021:

Hi Fran,

I absolutely agree that writing is an art, and cursive writing should be taught. I think most of us on Hubpages agree. Cell phones and those shortened words you mentioned are not what I would consider an art.

I'm glad you enjoyed the poetry. I appreciate your comments.

Have a wonderful weekend!

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on August 07, 2021:

Pamela, great article to word prompt. I believe cursive writing should be taught! I'm not sure even college students even know how to write NOT using cell phones and all their 'shortened' words. Writing is such an art, I hate to see it fall away. Loved your poem.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

As Linda pointed out, cursive writing helps children with their fine motor skills, so there are several reasons cursive writing is important.

I'm glad you liked the poems, and that you think they are a good response to Brenda's prompt.

Thank you so much for your comments. Have a wonderful weekend!

Rosina S Khan on August 07, 2021:

I remember I learned cursive writing at school and we had special workbooks to practice them at school and for homework. It's an art that is really fading. I too feel children of the modern day should be taught cursive writing.

Your second poem highlights this, and I loved it. I also loved your acrostic poem. They are wonderful responses to Brenda's word prompt, "letter".

Thanks for sharing, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I absolutely agree that children should be taught cursive writing. I have saved letters from my grandmother and from my son when he was in the military. They are treasures!

I am glad you felt the poems were a good response to Brenda's prompt and that you enjoyed the article overall. I appreciate and I agree with all your comments.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I think you explained the importance of cursive writing better than I did, because I also think it is a disservice to children.

I still have letter my grandmother wrote me. I agree that handwritten letter are a treasure. I love what you did with your fiend's letters. That was such a thoughtful gift for her daughter.

Thank you for your generous remarks. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 07, 2021:

Beautiful response to the word prompt, letters.

I loved reading your poems, and the letter picture is so precious. I have preserved such letters of my dear ones.

Sadly, letter writing is not common these days, or even the art of writing/ cursive writing is fading fast. I believe, the children should be taught this at the schools.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful response. Have a great weekend.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 07, 2021:

Pamela, cursive is not taught in the schools, and I see that as a terrible disservice to those children. Many people think that handwriting is a thing of the past, but learning how to form those letters helps develop fine motor skills in ways that using a keyboard never will.

Your point about historical documents is a valid one--perhaps the new generation is hoping us "old folks" will translate for them.

I don't write very often; like Bill and you I have arthritis in my hands and my penmanship suffers. But I know how wonderful it feels to receive a letter in the mail. It means that someone really took time for YOU.

My dearest friend was a wonderful letter and note writer. Each one was written in her beautiful script, and it was like a gift. I kept each and every one, and so glad that I did. She died on Christmas weekend in 1989. On the 20th anniversary of her passing, I made copies of all of those letters and gave them to her daughter in an album.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 07, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I think most people feel exactly like you. I just think children should learn to write, and more importantly read cursive. I have done so much genealogy research and there is a wealth of information, all in cursive.

I don't write well either due to arthritic fingers. Oh well, such is life.

I appreciate your comments. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 07, 2021:

Writing in cursive...sheez, I don't think I can do it any longer. My handwriting is so shaky from nerve damage done long ago. I think I'm very lucky that computers came along. :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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