Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Outings

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Outings

Article excerpt

If you don't have it in your own backyard,

go find it somewhere else. Outings are good

to take as randomly as possible.

Go find a table in a restaurant

a town or two away, a corner table

with a view of the whole place. Notice the flower

the owner's mother liked enough to paint

on a canvas twice as big as the TV,

so you can wander on one petal's rim

and slide from there into its white abyss

and climb out up the seed-pod in the middle.

It's easier to do this close to home,

but never fail to go as far from home

as you can find the means to get. One Sunday

on a clean bench in the Parc du Ranelagh

in the prosperous Seizième Arrondissement

across from the blind Monets in the Marmottan,

I bought a double-chocolate ice-cream stick

from the vendor's wagon near the carousel. …

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