Exodus

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Syrians snaking through Budapest, Hungary

We  used to live by an ancient Roman road
where the chalk gave way to clay
then to grandfather’s fertile garden
  lemon trees and vines.

Now we walk in the footprint of the Legions
passed the iron age fort
toward the setting sun, squinting into the night
for signs of good fortune; an eagle wheeling westward home.

As we awake to the scent of dew,
passed the place where Brutus met his end
  a nation walks away from the homeland
it’s web of common roads and famine.

How can I leave my land
where I loved nothing more
than flying a kite with my children,
wiping the oil off of wild pistachio fruit?

My legs grow stronger now,
carrying our burdens to Roman land
thinking not return from whence we came
for my son is smiling, eating berries bleeding on his teeth.

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The American Bi-Centennial, 1976

Lots of changes in these 40 years.   Hard to recognize the place

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to Exodus

  1. leggypeggy says:

    We lived in Syria in the 1980s. I wonder how many people I know in that conga line?

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  2. wfdec says:

    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
    Do we need to edit this or will we just leave it and hope no one remembers it in ten minutes time.

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