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Poetry Friday: Theories of Time and Space by Natasha Trethewey

March 16th, 2018 (06:00 am)
thoughtful

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Know U Anymore by BoTalks ft. Sarah Hyland

You can get there from here, though
there's no going home.

Everywhere you go will be somewhere
you’ve never been. Try this:

head south on Mississippi 49, one-
by-one mile markers ticking off

another minute of your life. Follow this
to its natural conclusion - dead end

at the coast, the pier at Gulfport where
riggings of shrimp boats are loose stitches

in a sky threatening rain. Cross over
the man-made beach, 26 miles of sand

dumped on a mangrove swamp-buried
terrain of the past. Bring only

what you must carry - tome of memory,
its random blank pages. On the dock

where you board the boat for Ship Island,
someone will take your picture:

the photograph - who you were -
will be waiting when you return.

- Theories of Time and Space by Natasha Trethewey

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