Poem Of The Day: Traveling Indoors

How we are still going places in our minds as well as remembering where we’ve been. This is how we’re traveling indoors.

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London Castle Ruins. PHOTO AMANDA DETTMANN
And it starts with an ending.



Honeydew melons no longer ivy-ing shelves

We can’t see each other smiling

I cut rose petals and tape them on a page to create meaning

but if your mouth is a mask

and the fruit is poison

than this is more than a virus.



This is craving

stiletto nights before silver dollar pancake Sundays

This is lust,

so much lust I am falling

for every piece of salt thrown over my shoulder

This is sugar-talking lonely, saying

“come here, honey, I accept your roots and color

them in thunderclouds & all”



Even fruit flies have jazz hands and I am swaying

with continents, language so whisked

I am the Atlantic&Pacific’s adopted daughter



I am sweet ache. London clotted cream.

Florence steps caught in a cracked dream—

an obvious nightmare or that time I waltzed

in a cantina in Barcelona I am cowboy boots

in Nicaragua and how lose is one letter off from love.



I replay saying hi to the foreign boys in the ferris wheel

and we were spinning, oh we were spinning and

I wanted one of their shoes to pop off at the top

and land on my head at the bottom

as if I was a runway,

I mean runaway,

as if I was solid ground rotating

a welcome mat for ventured feet

bumbling

out of trajectory, hugging

this new muddy accent

home.

Amanda Dettmann

Contributor

Amanda is an avid traveler who calls Maine her home, but her favorite places include Amsterdam's Christmas markets and Shakespeare's Globe in London. She is passionate about poetry, theatre, and teaching writing to kids and adults with disabilities. She thinks the best part of traveling is hearing strangers' incredible stories. Her ultimate mission? To find the tastiest cappuccino in the world.

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