A Letter For Peter


Mr. Maza
Mr. Peter Maza
1994 Pueblo Avenue
New York, New York


Dear Mr. Maza,

I find that I am without words as I pen this letter to you. My mind finds itself without eloquence as I sit down and compose this correspondence. I felt myself stir with the last sinking rays of the setting sun. I knew that I must compose this letter, Sir, and declare my intentions regarding your daughter, Elisa.

Sir, your daughter brings exultation and delight to my heart. She is the daystar of my soul. By her brightness, her fire, and quick wit, my life is given meaning; my heart knows healing. I find that she is the reason I live. I live this life so that I may behold her beauty and treasure her heart. She has brought new life to me and to my clan. If it were not for Elisa's fierce determination, and resolve, we surely would have perished already from this planet.

I know that you disapprove of our relationship. Mr. Maza, Elisa is the missing fragment that completes my heart. For without her love, my heart would remain broken. I know that she and I are not of the same species. I respect your reservations regarding this dissimilarity. Mr. Maza, her heart and mine feel strongly for one another. While we may be of different walks, she and I are not so far from one another. To interpret the great bard, "Hath not a Gargoyle hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, pass? Fed the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter, as Elisa is? If you prick me, do I not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?"

Sir, I also know that I must answer to a Higher Power when my life ends. I refuse to submit to prejudice and bigotry that limits the mind and destroys the soul. I can no more deny my love for Elisa that I can change the direction of the four winds.

With all that is mine to give, I will protect my Sweet Elisa with talon and claw, tail and wing until my last dying breath. All that I have I humbly give to her. I will risk the fires of Hades and forsake the glories of Heaven if only for the recompense of seeing a smile upon her face. My food and drink is but to hear Elisa's sweet lilting laughter fall from her lips.

Mr. Maza, it is no small consequence that I pledge my devotion and fealty to My Cherished Elisa. She has free all of us to live and know love in this strange new world. She has sacrificed much so that we might live. I beseech you not to deny us our hearts' best destiny.

I humbly ask for your blessing of our union. I know that you have grave hesitation regarding our love. I assure you that I will do all that I can to do right by Elisa. Is it not worse to have known love and to have spurned it? I plead for your blessing so that she will know happiness and that I may take my place at her side in peace.

I thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Your Most Humble Servant,