Leigh Faulkner

Education changes everything...

Ghazal: Yesterday's sunset across the Chao Praya left me homesick

Yesterday's sunset across the Chao Praya left me homesick,
And all day, today, the loneliness of my youth has been unshakable.

It's true I used to look to my friends to find out who I was,
But now I'm simply stymied by the paradox of it all.

I confess that whenever I see children abandoned to play,
I realize I'm still a little boy hiding in the high branches of the maple by the road.

I suppose all these deaths are adding up to something:
After all, it's a crazy game if you never get out of the nineteenth hole.

There are still hours before the flight north,
Yet, even here in the tropics, the Canadian winter has settled in my knees.


From: Repatriation