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Traveling Light
by Linda Pastan

I'm only leaving you
for a handful of days,
but it feels as though
I'll be gone forever—
the way the door closes

behind me with such solidity,
the way my suitcase
carries everything
I'd need for an eternity
of traveling light.

I've left my hotel number
on your desk, instructions
about the dog
and heating dinner. But
like the weather front

they warn is on its way
with its switchblades
of wind and ice,
our lives have minds
of their own.
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On May 19th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
For both of us. :) I get daily emails from poets.org and sometimes the selection hits the spot!
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On May 19th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC), pearlbeachlady commented:
timely.safe travels :)
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