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The geographic fallacy

Thought this was neat - came across this poem today:

Poem: “where we are (for edward field),” by Gerald Locklin.

where we are

i envy those
who live in two places:
new york, say, and london;
wales and spain;
l.a. and paris;
hawaii and switzerland.

there is always the anticipation
of the change, the chance that what is wrong
is the result of where you are. i have
always loved both the freshness of
arriving and the relief of leaving. with
two homes every move would be a homecoming.
i am not even considering the weather, hot
or cold, dry or wet: i am talking about hope.



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Feb. 14th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh my -- I love this!!!

I live in two places -- "snowbirds" they call us -- Hilton Head Island in the winter and eastern Long Island in the summer. I have never been able to describe what it feels like to be doing "backing and forthing" like this -- the coming and going ... going and coming -- as well as in this poem. The only thing I have learned for sure is: "Wherever you go, there you are". One cannot escape oneself in all of this process, and most issues are not related to one's geography, but more about the the geography "inside". but -- the poem is correct: upon each arrival there is "hope" for the upcoming days. Upon each leaving there is sadness, as well as relief.
Feb. 15th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
oh gosh yes!

I've wanted to be a snowbird for ages - always feeling split between two lands. I love that you go back and forth between the two! It feels refreshing to me, to travel back and forth between two homes. Perhaps it's just me not wanting to let go, but part of me feels totally satisfied with having two places. Sadness and relief - that's exactly it.
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