Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Map of Leaving

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Map of Leaving

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When my father leaves for Ranger school

as when we left from Italy, he for Seoul,

I'm flagging the poster map with pins,

again leaving holes.

Regarding the earth's span: here,

on my wall, it's no wider than my arms.

Such a bluster of geometry

I'm weaving, waiting for the engine

to thrust free,

my heart whooshing on the gravel drive

as much as the tires.

Here's a list of the places I wish to go,

not for work or for war

but for the treble flush of their names:

Kathmandu, Monrovia,

Tashkent and Egypt and Prague.

If I traveled there, and made it home,

would I know what my father knows?

How, as in field training,

to rest without sleeping three nights through,

my circulation tighter and slowed? …

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