Packing

By Annie Shepherd for The Parisian Post.

On my way back to France from Alaska, how to keep all the memories intact?  A bus is not a moose and a car is not a bear, but I wish they were!

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Puffins in the suitcase side pocket

brown bear squashed to the bottom,

packing two caribou strains the zips,

moose and antlers – the canvass rips,

pad it all in with eagle wings

wolverine, Dall sheep, arctic hare

all blessed with the sun of an Eskimo smile.

I set them free on a sleepless night

confined in my Paris garret room;

at daybreak the hare jumps ready to go

leaps onto his motorbike

revs down Rivoli, races the bear

who’s driving number 72 bus.

Salmon swimming down the Rive Gauche

puffins chatting on Saint Germain

flaunting their handbags, Dior lipstick,

and who’s that shaggy musk ox

drinking a beer in Brasserie Lipp?

Migrating caribou trot to the metro

one behind the other without questioning –

question of survival all the same –

sea-otters bathe on Paris Plage

where the serveuse smiles her Eskimo smile.

The eagle watches from his eerie

atop the tip of the Eiffel Tower.

Then Notre Dame, the Invalides dome

shining gold gold gold all the way from Nome,

while the cormorant flies low over the Seine

between Ponts Alexandre and Mirabeau

flown in from Anchorage to build his nest

so that there and here is home.

Musk ox

copyright © 2012 Annie Shepherd all rights reserved


Contact Annie Shepherd  for more of her published poetry, including  her collection “Jostled by Ghosts”.  Click here for a free pdf copy of her satirical poems written for The Parisian Post during the 2012 presidential elections.

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