Outside the Envelope

Story on a stampWhen mailing stories to our friends, most of us seal the words inside the envelope (though I have been known to write on the flap when a last minute thought could NOT wait until the next letter). But if you lived in Ireland last year, you could have mailed an entire 224 word story in the stamp alone.

Commissioned by the Irish Post to commemorate Dublin’s permanent title as a UNESCO City of Literature, the new stamp was based on the winning tale from a writing competition for primary and secondary school students. Eoin Moore embodied the contest’s “essence of Dublin” theme in his paean to all the lives that have helped forge the city, concluding with:

All of us who travel those arteries step on the words, actions, and lives of those who travelled them before us. The city embodies the people, and the people embody the city.”

I love that image of my stepping on the words of those that have gone before and of my leaving new paths of metaphors and similes for others to follow in the future.

Read more about the contest here.

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