Gen and Francis: The Pen Pal Project #5

Love redefined amidst the impeccable words at the top of the pyramid.

Francis Lee
11 min readJul 8


Image by author (Francis Lee)

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Welcome to our collaborative series where Gen (Genevieve) and Francis (both Medium writers) become companions of the written word. Through these intimate letters, we embark on a poignant voyage, sharing our innermost thoughts, cherished experiences, and profound discoveries. As pen pals navigating the digital landscape, we weave together the threads of our lives, exploring the depths of both profound and everyday subjects. Each letter offers you a glimpse into our worlds, an open invitation to join us in forging connections and engaging in contemplation. Come, embark on this journey of shared expressions, as we unravel the captivating intricacies of friendship and the enduring power found within the written word.

Dear Gen,

I love your new “handwritten” format. That’s so creative of you. I haven’t seen that on Medium before.

Do you realize that hardly anyone is reading our letters? It makes me feel like we are writing secret letters. It’s exciting and dangerous.

Photo by Fraser JS on Unsplash

The year is 2050 and all forms of written communication have been banned. You and I are resistance fighters and we are determined to write to each other despite the penalty of death. There is an old farmer’s field just outside of Watson Lake, Yukon. It’s halfway between our homes and a 20 hour drive through wilderness and hidden dangers.

A stone wall embraces the field, protecting it from dangers unknown. Yet, there is a three step ladder breeching the wall. Is it an escape for prisoners unseen or is it the perfect hiding place for forbidden letters? It’s the latter I believe. I shall place this letter under the top step for you to find.



Francis Lee

My daily intention is to live in Nothingness. In this space of nothingness, there resides pure joy. There is no wanting or waiting here, just surrendering.