Theories of Time and Space By Natasha Trethewey

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    [fieldset=Theories of Time and Space by Natasha Trethewey]You can get there from here, though
    there's no going home.

    Everywhere you go will be somewhere
    you've never been. Try this:

    head south on Mississippi 49, one-
    by-one mile markers ticking off

    another minute of your life. Follow this
    to its natural conclusion – dead end

    at the coast, the pier at Gulfport where
    riggings of shrimp boats are loose stitches

    in a sky threatening rain. Cross over
    the man-made beach, 26 miles of sand

    dumped on the mangrove swamp – buried
    terrain of the past. Bring only

    what you must carry – tome of memory,
    its random blank pages. On the dock

    where you board the boat for Ship Island,
    someone will take your picture:

    the photograph – who you were—
    will be waiting when you return. [/fieldset]

    "Theories of Time and Space" by Natasha Trethewey, from Native Guard. © Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
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