“My New Land”: (Epistolary Poem)

Monrovia, February 28, 1830

Dear James,

My new land lies before my eyes
Lush green growth from shore to mountains.
Deep in the brush, a strange bird cries
And water flows from cool fountains.

A harbor deep where natives trade
And foreign ships display their wares.
Our people come with ax and spade
To work unfettered by past cares.

Our enterprise, my friend, is sure
You’ll not regret decisions drawn.
This country new, it will endure.
It radiates the glow of dawn.

Your friend, and partner,
Joseph Conshohocken

(Written for dVersepoets. Poetics–Sent With A Stamp. August 17, 2013.)

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12 Responses to “My New Land”: (Epistolary Poem)

  1. brian miller says:

    oh this is like a cool little insight into history…there is town in pennsylvania with that name as well…image being in the age of discovery…my waht a time…dangerous for sure but so much hope and promise and adventure…

  2. Mary says:

    This is beautiful. I find myself wondering if there was a real Joseph Conshohocken. It rings SO very true.

  3. claudia says:

    that made me think a bit of collonialism…the discovery of a new land and taking over without much thought about the natives who lived there forever already..not sure if you meant it in this way but… had an adventurous and also a bitter taste

  4. This country new, it will endure ~ Timeless words and relevant still to anyone new to the country ~
    I just hope they treat the natives well ~ Good one ~

  5. Ruth says:

    It does ring very true… and beautifully written.

  6. Miriam E. says:

    very cool historian vibe to it… wonderfully penned.

  7. Speaks of hope and wonder. “To work unfettered…” An important enticement for any one considering the new land.

  8. grapeling says:

    vb, the attendant story you have linked in the header, Liberia and the American Colonization Society, provides a necessary backstory to this epistle. Marketing has ever been an American trait. ~ M

  9. Laurie Kolp says:


  10. kelvin s.m. says:

    …loved the easy adaptation to the current & new atmosphere… plus, your entire piece has a classic country feel to it that i truly like… beautiful… smiles…

  11. Oh this is a reminder of all the beautiful letter of hope released from a new country with fresh pastures and possibilities … love the form to…. I think it’s very fitting to a letter.

  12. Very convincing letter between fictional characters! 🙂

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