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Looking out my Backdoor: Wait Until We Get Back

Two of my friends are touring Italy.

Their husbands did not want to go.

The women said, “That’s okay. We will go ourselves.

You keep the home fires burning.”

When we get back, we will have so much

To tell you. One friend, the one from Washington,

Sends photos, photos of famous palaces, pictures

Of hotel rooms, of food, of streets, of stores.

Now and then we see a picture of each of them,

Usually sitting at a plate of food, looking glad.

Or looking exhausted. Or, one with my friend from Minnesota,

Who looks like she is thinking, “This is it? This is all?”

When the...


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