Somewhere: 28 Rue St. Jacques


Somewhere: 28 Rue St. Jacques

Or eating spam fried rice in the courtyard
after kindergarten, and playing cowboys
with Thierry, the kid next-door. We shared toys,
but not comics. Written language was hard

to decipher, unlike the spoken. I
never captured the nuances, and lost
the rest over the years. Today the cost
eludes me, like moths fluttering by. Try

to recall that particular morning light,
how it glanced off the French snow, and the
way our mother smiled at breakfast, no trace

of sadness, yet, the lines marking our heights
rising along the wall, limbs of a tree
we’d never climb, out there, somewhere, in space.


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This was originally drafted during the August 2015 Tupelo Press 30/30 Challenge. I was never satisfied with it, and didn’t see any reason to revise. But those memories are worth sharing!


10 thoughts on “Somewhere: 28 Rue St. Jacques

  1. I traced those lines of my daughters growing from the door in the place we lived longest right before we moved out. You’ve reminded me it’s still here somewhere..I always meant to turn it into some kind of art. But I really would have liked to take the actual door. (K)

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  2. The unfinished past can seem more complete, more everything it was in and of itself — including its incompleteness — only if/when we ever get enough distance from its contained, unassailable perfection… But that it’s still unfinished for you speaks to your timelessness, your transcendent sensibilities that inform your luminous voice.

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