Natasha Trethewey


Theories Of Time And Space

Poem by Natasha Trethewey

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 about Theories Of Time And Space by Natasha Trethewey

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/27/2020 8:12:00 AM)

    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(Report)Reply

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  • Julia Luber (3/27/2019 5:05:00 PM)

    But you're not able to return, I was told.(Report)Reply

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  • Bill CantrellBill Cantrell (12/13/2018 2:36:00 PM)

    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! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • mgana (12/13/2018 12:41:00 PM)

    up to I saw the paycheck saying $7438, I have faith...that...my cousin was like truley bringing home money

    parttime at there labtop.. there moms best frend had bean doing this for only about 8 months and a short time ago

    cleard the mortgage on there mini mansion and bourt a brand new Honda. this is where I went, www.geosalary.com(Report)Reply

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (12/13/2018 12:30:00 PM)

    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:(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/13/2018 11:13:00 AM)

    Here and there! !

    'Everywhere you go will be somewhere'!

    On the sphere.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (12/13/2018 8:59:00 AM)

    A sort of philosophical drop. Enjoyed. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Christina ChinChristina Chin (12/13/2018 6:23:00 AM)

    Good imagery! Well crafted!(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (12/13/2018 5:39:00 AM)

    Philosophy deep and a bit difficult tone..good poem. excellent(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (12/13/2018 3:08:00 AM)

    'there's no going home', 'who you were will be waiting on your return' such telling lines in this great poem. There is this sense of timeless travel as you read the lines.(Report)Reply

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  • Matthew Holloway (12/13/2018 2:23:00 AM)

    I could visualise this as it read out over the page(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/13/2018 12:49:00 AM)

    Such a well crafted poem by Natasha Trethewey.....................(Report)Reply

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  • Dutendra ChamlingDutendra Chamling (10/31/2015 5:29:00 AM)

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

    Wonderful poem.(Report)Reply

    M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal(4/30/2019 4:07:00 AM)

    Very true, .,

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  • Destiny Williams (5/17/2014 6:21:00 PM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 13, 2014