Kathryn Hellerstein: “The Map”


old Lancaster map

The Map

A map across my legs,
I locate us between the creases,
tracing my finger across the double red line
of the interstate freeway
we race along. The white circle is
the exit we just passed;
the small black diamond, the one
we are approaching
in the middle of the day.

“This is where we are,” I say to you,
my finger on the line,
but I am here, in my leather seat,
and you are there, hands too lightly
on the steering wheel, fingers
just touching the bottom.
It scares me to hurtle through space
according to your casual
caress of our direction.

On the map, I try to fix
our state of being
in what I see
from afar, like that hawk,
a dark stroke against the blue,
circling above the woods’
reddening leaves
and one golden tree
stirring within.

Kathryn Hellerstein

Photo credit: Old Lancaster City Map by mitchgroff

~ by matt on 30 October 2007.

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