Traveling On

Traveling On

The ferry takes a straight line

Over there.  We sit watching

Home shrink to nothing while

The sea air sticks to our skin.

The horn blows, memories fly

On backs of sea gulls crying.

A new port, people

Watch as we dock, strangers now

People stare—it is allowed now—

We are newcomers, and must start over.

Lost in streets unfamiliar wandering

Dog sniff us and growl.

Our scent is a faraway taste.

Asking directions, we are taken in by

Charity, and her children play with our backpacks.

 Catherine Coundjeris

A former elementary school teacher, Catherine has also taught writing at Emerson College and ESL writing at Urban College in Boston.  She is published in Peeking Cat Literary Magazine, Crossways Online Journal, Mused Bella Online Journal Metfore Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, 34th Parallel Magazine, and Borrowed Solace.  Currently she is living with her family in Frederick and she is working on a YA novel. Catherine volunteers as an ESL Coordinator with the Literacy Council of Frederick County and she is very passionate about adult literacy. 

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