Hotel Brindisi

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Many thanks to Route 7 Review for publishing the following poem in their May 2016 issue.

Hotel Brindisi

                                                                       –One Star, 1980

No fun befriending illness on the road

  scratchy sinus, itchy cough, aches and pains, the runs

.

A fever comes, removes my clothes

  folds up all my maps and plans

.

Dreams of travel travel back to home

  romance of discovery subsides

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I could die here—quiet, unseen, like those

  who make our beds, rinse our basins clean

.

Tonight, I gargle with some stale Coca-Cola

  clutch another colon cramp, catch another fire

.

The body always brings me back to now

  reminders always dripping off my brow

.

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