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The Night Before A Trip to St. Louis

The night before

A trip to St. Louis,

The dishes done

The clothes packed

The zippers drawn

The little bottles got

A tiny band around 5 cue tips

Cables, chargers, adaptors,

Laptop, paper, pens, a book--

All single things remembered.


The thought jitters scurry like water spiders

Apps checked in

Boxes checked off

Appliances unplugged

Outfit for the plane

Laid out across the checkered chair

Like a costume for a play.


A moment paused--

A meditation to calm,

A prayer for a flight

My mind takes a breath,

My spirit's in check

I click the last button

To turn the night off.

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Michael, this is the third poem I have read and each one made me pause and wonder at the simple beauty of your work.

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Michael Barnes
Michael Barnes
Oct 11, 2022
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Thank you so much George, that is so thoughtful and sweet. I appreciate the compliment and feedback and I'm glad you like my poems! Since I travel for work so much I wanted to start incorporating more about my trips. It seemed like a unique opportunity to seize upon.

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