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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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Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: March 16th, 2018 04:23 pm (UTC)

Somehow this also touches me when thinking of Stephen Hawking, this week gone from us, but he will return in words always. My strange imagination, but I enjoyed your poem for other reasons, too, touching many lives. Thanks, have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 16th, 2018 05:27 pm (UTC)

The unintentional timing was just right, wasn't it?

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: March 20th, 2018 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I love the line "everywhere you go will be somewhere you've never been" Even when we go back, we're not the same, and the place itself will have changed from one moment to the next.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 20th, 2018 11:28 pm (UTC)
RE: line
books

Indeed. "You never step in the same river twice."

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