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Poem: After Traveling

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Posted on October 7, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



After Traveling

It’s likely the deer and wild turkeys will be

the first churches you see when you arrive

home. And next, the leaves ringing Autumn’s

 

bells. Don’t expect to see a busload of Japanese

tourists pouring into your back yard, their selfie

sticks, batons really, directing the orchestra

 

of geese, tuning their throats, arranging their ties

and formal dresses, before the lights dim,

the curtain ruffles in the overture’s breeze.

 

Try not to be surprised by how quickly you might

forget the sights you were amazed by, the true

stories, called history, carrying you from one city

 

to the next, one graveyard to another day’s free

and ticketed museum. Shoes and hair, Liberation’s

army recovered, piled like stones and sealed

 

in a glass tomb for memory to remember itself by.

For you to think of as the grass waiting to be mowed,

now that you’re home. Summer chairs needing to be wiped

 

down, stored for the winter, in your basement, you can tell

your friends, has become a wine cellar, a catacomb

in the days of your absence.

Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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