By Kathleen Flenniken
There’s little I can pack for you, no lucky charm
or incantation, only years and years of daily instruction
I hope you’ve heard. I’ll be the waving hand
and hesitation in the window, then I end
and the road begins. If you grow lonely for me,
rest your cheek on the breast of a gold grass hill
or the breast of a sand dune erased and rewritten
by the wind, look for the shape of me in an ocean swell
and decide that’s all you need,
and I’ll imagine the trinkets you leave behind
as a quieter version of you. If I can.
And with my long arm raise my shield,
larger than any moon, shining
because I’ve polished it in my mind
since before you were born.