Windward Review

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Volume 18, 2021

PW Covington

The Coldest Place I’ve Been

The coldest place I’ve been

Is this over-heated room

Santa Fe trails lead in circles

7 cycles of the Sangre de Christos

I feel I’ll always be a visitor, here

Port cities and border towns embrace you

When you show up

With empty pockets and wide eyes

Shaking knees and a mixed-breed, free-verse, smile

Treat you like you’re from there, if only for a while

But, this place rips your spleen from your side

And goes about its Thursday afternoon

It’s the feeling that

The Universe is laughing behind

Your back

At a joke told in a language you’ve never worked with

And while everyone

Says they yearn for freedom and something new

Very few

Stand prepared to welcome a traveler

Or cast off the familiar

Everyone should be a part of somewhere

They say

But not you

Not me

The coldest place I’ve been

Is this over-heated room

Civility + You

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