[lit-ideas] Re: Sunday Twofer

  • From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2010 11:41:30 -0700

the childhood road home
carrying a trombone and leather bag of books
ran beside a railway cutting
you turned left
waited for a safe moment to cross bickley park road
eyed the church
turned right at the junction
avoiding stands of nettles to the side
before reaching the bumpy bit
in rain or snow or midges
i was thinking of this while walking home after meeting a colleague in a pub
sometimes going at that pace is paid in memory or perspective
at that speed
at this age
you see

solar fuel for personal rocket packs
picnic sandwiches still with bits of sand in
iced bras for east timorians
valet bike gratuities
custom yoga mats with prayer flags sewn in
law that no costa rican shall sleep without chocolate
atonement soup for sharks
underwater nature parks with souvenir shops that
sell knick knacks to rich lapps
from peasants and chimney sweeps we rose
and now here
we go

David Ritchie,
sending specially good wishes to Eric,
Portland, Oregon

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