Going to school

The First Voyages Out

Walking across the bridge on my way
to school, I’d lean over the railing

and stare down at the river
until I was moving

on a ship’s stern
past the wooded banks

and the smoky mill towns toward
the ocean and the shining world beyond

I was beginning to read about –
Egypt, Rome, Greece and the Parthenon,

their golden light drawing me
past my friends’ shouts to hurry

or we’d be late, their voices drowning
in the wake of my departure.

“The First Voyages Out” by Paul Martin from Floating on the Lehigh. © Grayson Books, 2015. (purchase here)

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