Treasure Island

Jeff Gangwer

(September 23,1984 / Hood River, Oregon)

Returns / Departures

I've noticed,
in travels of my own,
that seemingly,
my returns
are never as long—
and never as arduous—
as my departures—
what we might call
a strange inequality in traveling—
in coming and in going—
and in mine,
I've asked my fellows,
on planes
or on shuttles,
and to my delight,
I've learned
that most of them feel the same way—
that our returns are easier
than our departures

Submitted: Thursday, June 26, 2014

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  • Piumi Wijenayake (8/20/2014 9:25:00 AM)

    Congratulation, what a beautiful poem you are right its too hard to depart but it is easier to repent. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (6/27/2014 12:33:00 AM)

    Yes, you're right, the returns always better! . I suppose that is why the French wish you Bon Voyage but also, Bon Retour, good return
    You're excellent little poem, reminded me of that phrase, Bon Retour that I think is so a propos, very befitting.
    I'm not trying to be a snob by using these French phrases, your nice poem brought them to mind. I lived in France for many years so something besides the baguette, camembert and Bordeaux wine stuck with me.
    In any case enjoyed your lovely, light poem, very much. (Report) Reply

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