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Mike James: Travel Ghazal

for Larry


Give me a wash cloth and I will find a river to

Dip it in.  I will bathe in memory and in loss.


Whenever the sky seems bluer than the river,

Remember, you only swim towards dirt.


I can’t tell you all the places I’ve been.

Memory holds less geography, more loss.


Here’s a wish for a young me…Don’t be so serious…

Swim in the communion cup. Curse in your prayers.


This poem might be less useful than a dirty joke.

There may be less wisdom, fewer good images.


I am afraid of all exit signs. Though I love any abandoned

Factory, house or ghost town. Almost every broken window.


An exit sign offers one way out.  Just like the river.

A broken window might lead to an alley, to another dark room.


Copyright 2018 Mike James

2 comments on “Mike James: Travel Ghazal

  1. Sam Allen Creative Coach
    March 5, 2019

    A touching read. Thanks for sharing! I am a Creative Life Coach and have a poetry blog in case you have time to read? http://www.peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com and I am also on Instagram as #coachingcreatively – let’s follow each other if you use this medium? You can also find me on Facebook under Sam Allen wearing a bright red and orange hat! Have a good day?


  2. Joan Colby
    August 30, 2018

    Excellent poem. Kudos!

    Liked by 1 person

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