Travel Memories

Issue FourPoetry

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By Jordan King-Lacroix

 

    I.

On a leaky boat, they came,

needing to change their name

once, in the village to sound less Jewish

twice, at the Canadian border because the guard couldn’t spell it.

Fake papers in hand,

trying to settle in a free land where they would be able to stand

on two feet and not be rounded up,

cattle before the cattle cars,

rounded up and murdered for their birth.

 

    II.

Wooden ships, carried to the tip of the

         frozen north,

no longer Les Lacroix de Bourgogne or Brittany now Quebecois.

 

Build a church and keep it.

 

   III.

Met in a studio,

recording audio

for some dumb commercial.

 

Second date proposal,

she laughed in his face,

he moved into her place

three weeks later.

 

Two kids, two careers,

then across the ocean to

warmer climes,

letting the sun guide them

away from the Winter of Discontentment,

   from the language-barrier resentment,

   from the measuring-tape authoritarians.

 

Always moving,

never from anywhere.

 

Artwork by Jackie Benney. Published with permission of the artist.