Academic journal article Antipodes

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

Academic journal article Antipodes

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

Article excerpt

If on a winter's night a traveler

should happen by my door, let him have

a Scrabble set tucked under one arm.

And when he says, I've found you at last,

let his voice be the deep rumble of thunder

rolling in from the sea because then

I'll know that this is the wrong number

from ten years earlier when I rang a friend

to welcome him back from the States and got

instead the rumble of thunder rolling

in from the sea saying, thanks but

he'd never been to the USA and would rather

play Scrabble instead and would I like a game?

And although, back then in that playful time,

when I said, come on over, and he said, see you soon,

I knew enough not to leave the porch light on,

still my dreaming mind got out the Oxford,

put the wine in the fridge to chill,

and curled up on the couch to await his arrival. …

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