North of Alliance

 

 

The Parlor………………………….          …………………………….North of Alliance

………………………………...………      .. ..This is an empty house: not a stick

………………………………………….     .. ..of furniture left, not even

……………………………………..      ………a newspaper sodden with rain

…………………………………….       ………under a broken window; nothing

……………………………………… …       …to tell us the style of the people

…………………………………………….       who lived here, but that

…………………………………………. …..    they took it along. But wait:

……………………………      ………. ………here, penciled in inches

……………………………….      … .. ………up a doorframe, these little marks

…………………………………..        ……….mark the growth of a child

………………………………………        ……impatient to get on with it,

………………………………… ….        …….a child stretching his neck

………………………………………      …….in a hurry to leave nothing here

………………………………………….  … ..but an absence grown tall in a doorway.

 ……………………………………………………………………………………………..Ted Kooser  (Flying at Night)

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