The Lion, The Witch, and The Library (2020 NaPoWriMo #2)

Blog PO Box 249

 

 

 

 

 

 

First thing, first summer morning,
Mom pulled the Impala into the
Main Street, Timberland Library,
Downsloping diagonal parking.

The thick shake-shingle front, long since
Painted bright,
But for 1970s us, a damp doorway
Into vast, uncharted worlds.

A long block up to the District Courthouse
Opposite, down and to the right, past my
Father’s school district office
Then left, Fleet park.

Across Pioneer Avenue the post office
Where our 249 box puzzle fit
With our 249 phone prefix
And I had a key.

Another doorway, opening onto
Any possibility:
Grandparents cards plus checks
Military school boy letters

My home was
Five miles from any of this.
A trip to town,
Another world.

19 Replies to “The Lion, The Witch, and The Library (2020 NaPoWriMo #2)”

  1. One of the elements I liked best about your poem (there are many) is the one without a GPS — your use of how we gave directions in the 1970s! “…past my
    Father’s school district office
    Then left, Fleet park.

    Across Pioneer Avenue the post office
    Where our 249 box puzzle fit…”
    Congrats!

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  2. I love how this took us to the wider world – that immense universe of books and also how it evoked some of my memories from a similar era.

    I also remember your work from last year’s NaPo. Good to see you’re doing it again this year.

    Like

  3. I really enjoyed the address to puzzle connection. Makes me wonder if the piece count was right or if there were missing pieces πŸ˜‰ Love the mystery in the specifics of this poem.

    Like

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