Never order sushi in Denver

By TropicalSnowstorm

The exit sign above the door illuminates
like a promise, but points toward the
same familiar world it always does.

Through the long windows, walking near
the shops by the lake is an old man wearing
a Tam and looking a bit out of place, as if he
is subtly searching for something as he strolls.
He's holding on to ties to a faraway land
and seems to have one foot in an era most
now never knew, although he doesn't
appear discontent, so much as painted
into a scene not designed with him in mind.
A lady in a bright yellow raincoat walking
in the opposite direction stops in obvious
joy at seeing him, giving the warm
prolonged hug reserved for family, or a
kind neighbor that has been there with wisdom
in the times when one is ready to accept it.

My thoughts shift to an Afghan I saw begging
in Frankfurt on a cold night in February, which
made me weep uncontrollably as I walked into
wind that cut through me like the sight of him.
I had wanted to kick him without mercy as I
pictured all those that had died and gone
without in order to send him there, and of all
those that would have cut off their fingers for the
chance he had been given and was pissing away.
People coming toward us looked through this
scene that had so affected me as if we were
invisible - we were just two foreigners whose steps
would leave no footprints on their cobblestone.

As I look at the two hugging, I suddenly feel the
shoulders on which I am standing, while peering at
a world that doesn't know me as well as I know it.

-- April 10, 2003

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Published on Thursday, April 10, 2003.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • maggot death On Friday, January 22, 2010, maggot death (85)By person wrote:

    Why is it called 'never order sushi in denver'? it was a great poem otherwise, but try a different name for one next time(lol)

  • Green-eyed Raven On Wednesday, March 2, 2005, Green-eyed Raven (54)By person wrote:

    Honest and beautiful, I love it. *Raven*

  • celestine_moon On Tuesday, June 24, 2003, celestine_moon (47)By person wrote:

    i agree with them all and then some. truly magnificent work. i especially loved the last line, it choked me up. wonderful read. -kitty

  • KittyStryker On Monday, June 9, 2003, KittyStryker (736)By person wrote:

    very well done... it whispers and demands attention, stays with you long after reading...

  • A former member wrote: ... and this work of art is very well written... reminds me of a certain movie, w/out the cinema or the Hollywood breath. a tropical snowstorm of gifted literature, indeed.

  • A former member wrote: " no footprints on their cobblestone." This is in a strange sense chilling, disturbing, fun, psychological, beautiful, existensial, exi ceter a. exit signs. where's the sushi? the absence of the japanese fish flesh is a marvelous touch.

  • A former member wrote: I really can't find the words to describe this poem, other than it is a beautiful piece of art!

  • liquid_emotion On Sunday, April 20, 2003, liquid_emotion (356)By person wrote:

    never order sushi in denver... books and covers :)

  • GreekPhilosopher On Thursday, April 10, 2003, GreekPhilosopher (156)By person wrote:

    Very Nice Peice Of Work... Though I Think The Ending Is A Stroke Of Genius. Well Done.

  • CorruptedLittleGirl On Thursday, April 10, 2003, CorruptedLittleGirl (261)By person wrote:

    yes, this was, indeed, breathtaking. Beautiful!

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