Location, Location, Location (after Cavafy) by Jim Gustafson

On three corners where I live
at Grace and Hermitage,
there is a brothel, a church, and a hospital.

This place has everything one needs
to make way.  From my window,
I watch the people as they go in and come

out.  Some look relieved, and stroll away.
Others stop their faces
at the curb of concern,

as if their visit was too little,
or too much and more
will be needed soon.

Each finds a different way.
The flesh comes and goes most quickly.
Left behind, the spirits dangle

in sterile incense and perfume.
They cling to the hems of vestments
and trouser zippers in whispers.

Jim Gustafson’s most recent book, Driving Home, was published by Aldrich Press in 2013 and is a 2013 Pushcart Prize Nominee. He holds an MFA from the University of Tampa, teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University and lives in Fort Myers, Florida, where he reads, writes, and pulls weeds.  www.jimgustafson.com

Jim Gustafson’s most recent book, Driving Home, was published by Aldrich Press in 2013 and is a 2013 Pushcart Prize Nominee. He holds an MFA from the University of Tampa, teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University and lives in Fort Myers, Florida, where he reads, writes, and pulls weeds.
http://www.jimgustafson.com

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s