Recently I’ve been sticking Christmas stamps onto envelopes. I really like this years UK stamps – tiny pictures of people having fun in the snow. Other national post offices do their own, so we have a gallery of seasonal good wishes open to us.
As I was sticking I wondered if anyone has written poems about these tiny art-works. They ought to. Not only are stamps often artistic, they are sometimes valuable, give people employment in making, collecting, selling, and are the crowning necessity for your letters.
Poets, however, have done quite well in stamps. There have been many stamp issues commemorating the great and, usually, dead poets.
I also found, on the Amazon site, a book entitled Chinese Classical Poetry Postage Stamps Pictorial. Sadly there is no other information, not even a cover image.
I decided to celebrate these small pieces of art with a haiku, a suitably small poem.
Art and function
in one little rectangle
of glue and paper.