Iowa Writes

ERIN MARSHALL
Postcards (excerpt from a play)


ROSE

            (Rolling her eyes)
I have a billion rose postcards.

REINA

So?

ROSE

I'm saying it gets old. Couldn't they have come up with something better? A different flower, maybe?

REINA

C'mon. They can't send a postcard with tulips on it to a girl named Rose.

ROSE

It would've been a nice change.

REINA

If you say so.

ROSE

Roses, roses, roses—every birthday, every postcard.

ROSE

            (Rolling her eyes)
I have a billion rose postcards.

REINA

So?

ROSE

I'm saying it gets old. Couldn't they have come up with something better? A different flower, maybe?

REINA

C'mon. They can't send a postcard with tulips on it to a girl named Rose.

ROSE

It would've been a nice change.

REINA

If you say so.

ROSE

Roses, roses, roses—every birthday, every postcard.

REINA

            (Looking through the postcards and beginning to ignore ROSE)
Uh huh.

ROSE

Reina. (Thinking) How would you feel if they gave you water for your birthday?

REINA

            (Looking at her skeptically)
It's Reina. Not rain. (Beat.) Why would they give me water?

ROSE

Or—or what about postcards with pictures of water on them? You would get annoyed, wouldn't you?

REINA

Most postcards nowadays do have pictures of water on them, Rose. Look around. Seaside scenes are pretty typical. (Beat.) Besides, you know Mom and Dad didn't send me postcards.

ROSE

Yeah. I guess.

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ERIN MARSHALL

Erin Marshall is an intern at The Iowa Review and studies creative writing at The University of Iowa.

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on November 25, 2014

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