Shelter

by
Angela Costi

We are the travelers of small steps


wearing pyjamas and slippers


to greet each room as if it were a country


encountered from a plane flight,


konnichiwa to the space called Living


ola to the island called Kitchen


nin hao to the mattress of pent up dreams,


in the study there is the desk


holding geography’s memory,


salve, kalimera, take me with you.


 


My mother will be lighting her candles


on her bench-top to create her church,


my father will shuffle with his frame


to the chair on the porch with the vista


of his twelve year-old eyes diving


for sea sponges from an unsteady pier.


 


This space termed Home


is a document of journey


as we come to know the walls as trees


we long to climb,


the doors to close or open


depending on altitude and inclement,


the ceiling will seem higher than Everest,


from the carpet we see the grit


of hiking through jungle.


 


And there, in the lonely corner


is the blue rug to sit on and breathe in


the smell of the ocean calling its waves


to sweep our dust.

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