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F W Finney


House Lag


The guests have left
their fingerprints on the walls
of our now quiet house.

The chairs point in all directions
like messy hair.

They are in the air now-
probably somewhere over
the Bay of Bengal.

And here we are,
a couple again

picking up coasters and
dirty glasses;

tracing our steps
across the week's backyard
looking for patches of unmown grass;

wondering among the weeds
how we fared as hosts,
regretting our choices of certain restaurants
and the city's endless sedative traffic;

remembering things
we forgot to do.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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A slightly different version of this poem appears on pages 61-2 in
The Dissolution of the Sparkling Bridge.
(1997: Suksit Siam-Bangkok, Thailand)

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