Theories Of Time And Space Poem by Natasha Trethewey

Theories Of Time And Space

Rating: 4.5


You can get there from here, though
there's no going home.
Everywhere you go will be somewhere
you've never been. Try this:
head south on Mississippi 49, one-
by-one mile markers ticking off
another minute of your life. Follow this
to its natural conclusion - dead end
at the coast, the pier at Gulfport where
riggings of shrimp boats are loose stitches
in a sky threatening rain. Cross over
the man-made beach, 26 miles of sand
dumped on a mangrove swamp - buried
terrain of the past. Bring only
what you must carry - tome of memory
its random blank pages. On the dock
where you board the boat for Ship Island,
someone will take your picture:
the photograph - who you were -
will be waiting when you return

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Destiny Williams 17 May 2014

Head south on Mississippi 49 is n unexpected turn that makes it way back around the topic.

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Dutendra Chamling 31 October 2015

...someone will take your picture: the photograph - who you were - will be waiting when you return... Wonderful poem.

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M Asim Nehal 30 April 2019

Very true, .,

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Bernard F. Asuncion 13 December 2018

Such a well crafted poem by Natasha Trethewey.....................

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Matthew Holloway 13 December 2018

I could visualise this as it read out over the page

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Dr Antony Theodore 27 March 2020

On the dock where you board the boat for Ship Island, someone will take your picture: the photograph - who you were - will be waiting when you return.. very fine poem. tony

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Julia Luber 27 March 2019

But you're not able to return, I was told.

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Bill Cantrell 13 December 2018

A poem of great worth! ! So fresh and crisp with creativity, some have philosophical but theoretical is correct as your title says! ! One of the best poems I have read! ! !

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M Asim Nehal 13 December 2018

Fantastic poem. I quote: what you must carry - tome of memory its random blank pages. On the dock where you board the boat for Ship Island, someone will take your picture:

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Edward Kofi Louis 13 December 2018

Here and there! ! 'Everywhere you go will be somewhere'! On the sphere. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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