Liebe Grüße by Matt Potter

They sit inside my bag, hanging from my shoulder, swaying with each turn the bus takes.

(How are you? both postcards say. Hope you’re good.)

The bus turns right. The Siegessäule, gilt and angel-topped, rises tall and imposing on the left.

(One postcard features the Siegessäule with die Siegessäule embossed on the front. Victory Column, it says on the back. The other shows the view from the column crown, east past summer trees to Brandenburger Tor.)

Veering right, the bus cruises through Tiergarten. Left, I see parkland and cyclists and sun. Right: picnic blankets, naked men and lunchtime assignations.

(It’s sunny and humid here in Berlin, I wrote on both postcards. And I miss you.)

I get off near Kleiststraße and walk towards Kurfürstendamm. My bag’s leather strap rubs sweat into my chest, and I stop at a yellow postbox.

(I wish you were here with me. Berlin is meant to be shared.)

The postcards stick together with my stamp spit. I prise them apart.

(And fucking you in this sticky heat would be fun …)

Right names? Check. Right addresses? Check. Right greetings? Yes, all correct.

(… gripping your ankles …)

I kiss them both on their names and closing my eyes so I don’t know which is first, slip them through the slot marked Andere Postleitzahlen. Other Postal Codes, not Berlin.

(Ich liebe dich, Me xxx)

They drop silently inside.

I picture kissing their mouths. And wonder who will get his postcard first.


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10 responses to “Liebe Grüße by Matt Potter

  1. OOooooh, what a sneaky bastard. Nice flash though! :)

  2. Funny – sneaky because he has two in his life, or sneaky because he cheats on message originality?!

  3. Love the thinly veiled back story. Well-played.

  4. Kim Hutchinson

    Nicely written. And a bravely sexy message on tthe postcards.

  5. Wonderful concept! Clever and so very well drawn!

  6. Thank you all – at times, living in Germany and touring, I have sent hundreds of postcards, often job lots! And they all start to sound the same after a while … hence the idea.

  7. Martin Brick

    Nicely done. I like the detail, “closing my eyes so I don’t know which is first.”

  8. Nice. And sexy. Love the way the postcards parallel the scenery on the bus ride. Peace…

  9. Pingback: Week #28 – the postcard | 52|250 A Year of Flash

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