Poetry and Poetics
~WILLIAM H. WANDLESS~
To know a
home forego the guided tour
and seek instead its sacristy, the room
reserved for guests. Opened only seldom—
sometimes cloakroom, wardrobe for winter clothes,
time-honored hiding place for Christmas gifts—
the owner's notions there abide, rarefied
and resined: trophies, yearbooks, souvenirs,
hand-me-downs of love and obligation.
Such sturdy vestiges of yesteryear
will wake nostalgia with an offhand glance;
regard them as diversions. To sound a home
recline upon the bed consigned to guests,
where restless sleepers rouse throughout the night
dormant tensions coiled in resentful springs.
© William H.
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