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The Wrong Way Home - Poem by James Tate

All night a door floated down the river.
It tried to remember little incidents of pleasure
from its former life, like the time the lovers
leaned against it kissing for hours
and whispering those famous words.
Later, there were harsh words and a shoe
was thrown and the door was slammed.
Comings and goings by the thousands,
the early mornings and late nights, years, years.
O they've got big plans, they'll make a bundle.
The door was an island that swayed in its sleep.
The moon turned the doorknob just slightly,
burned its fingers and ran,
and still the door said nothing and slept.
At least that's what they like to say,
the little fishes and so on.
Far away, a bell rang, and then a shot was fired.


Comments about The Wrong Way Home by James Tate

  • Rookie - 20 Points Shaun William Hayes (12/23/2011 3:25:00 PM)

    Such amazing images, feelings and journeys in your work. Unsettling at times, yet real and true to who you are, or at least true to the moments of you. Being called genius won't help you, but knowing another dreamer of liminal worlds, including this one, might. (Report) Reply

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  2. 2. To A Daughter Leaving Home , Linda Pastan
  3. 3. Home And Love , Robert William Service
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  6. 6. Home Burial , Robert Frost
  7. 7. Welcome Home , Spike Milligan
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  9. 9. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  10. 10. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  11. 11. Home Thoughts, From Abroad , Robert Browning
  12. 12. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  13. 13. Coming Home , Ernestine Northover
  14. 14. Home After Three Months Away , Robert Lowell
  15. 15. Home, Sweet Home , John Howard Payne
  16. 16. Letter Home , Natasha Trethewey
  17. 17. At Home , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  18. 18. A Home Song , Henry Van Dyke
  19. 19. Bound For Your Distant Home , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  20. 20. Home Thoughts , Claude McKay
  21. 21. Down Home , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  22. 22. My Home , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  23. 23. Home From Abroad , Laurie Lee
  24. 24. Graydigger's Home , William Stafford
  25. 25. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  26. 26. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  27. 27. The Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  28. 28. Away From Home Are Some And I— , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. On Home Beaches , Les Murray
  30. 30. The Old Home Calls , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  31. 31. Home , Zbigniew Herbert
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  33. 33. Home , Rupert Brooke
  34. 34. Home , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  35. 35. Who Goes Home? , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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  39. 39. Almost Home , Sandra Fowler
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  41. 41. The Hangman At Home , Carl Sandburg
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