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Unpacking


May 21, 2006
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We opened crates in the barn.

Shipping crates.  Crow bars.  Bales of hay,

the sun in the open bays and the summer air charged

for a storm.

My son, who did not exist

when these boxes were packed

twenty-three years ago,

helped with the heavy lifting,

shifted that nail-studded chipboard lid

as if it weighed no more

than a withered old revolution.

 

From "Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora" edited by Persis M. Karim (University of Arkansas Press, 2006).

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