Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

ICI Hall

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

ICI Hall

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ICI HALL

We sit with hundreds of waiting
travelers on the baggage carousel
at Charles de Gaulle airport. The power
went off hours ago. A young woman --
we both noticed her last night on the plane,
her breasts falling from the pink tank top --
crawls onto the conveyor belt
into that dark cavern
searching for her backpack. She needs
to be somewhere besides Here Hall.

I can't watch the living
statues -- the mummy outside the Louvre,
the mime standing in the rain
for hours at Deux Magots. Next to the church
there is a white box -- small, two feet square --
with a plaster head resting on top.
The sign asks for donations
Pour restituer la statue.
Only -- there's a woman inside.
She never moves.
Her dog stretches and wanders
back into the shade.

An insect I don't recognize flies
through the hotel's open window.
I listen to water from a fountain,
birds outside in yellow forsythia
and in bushes I think are azaleas. … 
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