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Among the Missing

There’s always this stretch of awkward silence at the beginning. I’m the only foreigner in a room full of people from a hundred other countries, an exile pinned to my seat watching a parade of expectant faces – all travelers … Continue reading

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The Best I Can Send You

#17 With the greatest leader above them people barely know one exists. The second-best are praised and revered. The next, merely respected. Then the despised. When trust is unattainable, there is no sufficiency. Trust the cautious sage whose words are … Continue reading

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Only Us

Central Falls I see her here now smiling at the late day sun brightly as all the laughing caramel girls bursting out the bodega doorways onto the sidewalk laughing and oblivious up out of cracked cement dark flowers blow kisses … Continue reading

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Milk

The flute speaks. If I could only pass Through Damascus like the echo. Silk sleeps at her shore, Curves in cries That die before I reach them. Distance falls Like tears. (from The Flute Speaks by  Mahmoud Darweesh) **** Sometimes … Continue reading

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Accidents Happen

“A traveler in a foreign land best learns names of people and places, how to express ideas, ways to carry on a conversation by moving around in the culture, participating as fully as he can, making mistakes, saying things half … Continue reading

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The Names of Things

It’s not a bad day when you discover there are students in your class who have more to teach you than you have to teach them.  It gives you the sense of being able to set down your luggage when … Continue reading

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Angels and Warriors

Since mentioning Angel, my almost was student at CCRI, I’ve gotten some interesting and poignant comments.  I guess we’ve all encountered our share of heartbreakers.  I ‘m not sure why I even chose to mention her, other than her having … Continue reading

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