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Utah To Paris

Utah To Paris

Homage to Gertrude Stein

I picked up
that funny pebble
on a walk
with Martha Ham
out into the Silver Reef red rock
her husband Peter
said it was just
a concretion
spat out
from an ancient

I carried that rock
inside my pocket
for a couple of years
brooding over it
like a fetish
polishing my thumb
over the smooth
ridged body
of this primeval
lump of lava
solid now
a million years

when I got to Paris
it was still inside my pocket
when my friend Stephane
took me to
the fabled Pere Lachaise Cemetery
a block from his flat
who did we come upon
right after
Oscar’s fabulous sarcophagus
but her
squat and plain

I did what
other people
who love Jews do
I took the stone
from my pocket
and left it there
in remembrance

Franklin Abbott
19 July 2007
Stone Mountain

The Grave Of Oscar Wilde

                                             The Grave of Gertrude Stein


One comment on “Utah To Paris

  1. Your poem reminds me of the end of Jessica Handler’s memoir, Invisible Sisters.

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