Poetry- "Back Again"

“Back Again”
by Jennifer Patino
Baggage unattended
steady blinks of blue to red
and back again
The heavy infants I carry
never to be born
but to grow and fester
Movement so slight
causing pain and burden;
the circumference of my being
A quiet child left alone
to wonder and ponder
nearly begging for an escape
A door unopened revealing
specks of light behind it
but not enough finances for cures
Medusa’s crown grows heavier
in the summer months
when cool air is sparse
The snowflake memories
too distant
Same with stars, too far
Birdsong replaced by traffic,
foreign banter,
and occasional sirens
(although this time not for me)
Aside from a novel and a cup of tea
I am alone
counting dust and popcorn on the ceiling
They look like landscapes
Hills and streams
Terrain and lakes
I saw these things before
from the airplane window
lights on the wing blink blue to red
and back again
I long for the day I am back again

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