For Those of Us Forced to Flee

By Jane Muschenetz

Issue 8, The Good Life Review, 2022

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For those of us forced to flee

the world is forever shrinking down to a single question:

What can you carry?

The suitcase of your heart closed tight

on all the things there was no room to bring--

your memories of "home," the snowflake moments

of your youth, the blooming Lilac tree 

outside your bedroom window... a heavy burden

saps your strength on the long journey, bring

only what you need.

Homes can be built again,

a new tree can be rooted.

Survive.

 

When you have nothing left to plant, become the seed. 

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