Poem for the end of summer: Window, Moonlight

Happy Labor Day. Here is a poem marking the end of my summer of travels.

Koi pond at my cousin's home, where we enjoyed Yorkshire hospitality.

Koi pond at my cousin’s home, where we enjoyed Yorkshire hospitality.

Window, Moonlight

I awaken in darkness, disoriented,
don’t know where I am…

thirteen beds
twenty-five museums
three castles
four shows
fifteen parks
a battlefield
an ancient and revered golf course

untold miles walked
one mountain climbed
trains, buses, taxis, boats, the London Tube and the rubber kind
Thai meals and Indian, fish and chips, full Scottish breakfast with haggis
toast with Marmite, Sunday roast with mash, Yorkshire pudding and two veg
too few cups of tea or bottles of Crabbies
many pubs, each with its own crusty character
and several dozen relatives visited (many I’d never met)

… after a frightened minute
I turn toward a corner window
bright with moonlight,
familiar.

I must be home.

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