Farewell Street

Turn left at Farewell Street,
Abandon the GPS,
Lose your keys,
Your head, your life,
Your car, your passport,
Credit card, bank account,
Tax return, iPhone,
Your wallet, your shoes
Any plans, abandon
All of them, let go
Of sadness, so, the past is sad.

Go left on Farewell Street,
Drive past the silent graveyards,
The military complex,
Challenge moral authority,
All the ghosts
You idolize, with white
Impunity, ride
Past the open casket
Of racial terror
That eclipses quiet days.
Mark the journey, alter your
Knowledge of yourself.

Take a left on Farewell Street,
Pray, laugh, rotate
Your soul, until it
Makes its own sense,
Be the compass, be the map,
Be kind, be generous, be
Still your heart, then fail
To be still, fail again,
Fail more deeply
To love this world
That makes no sense,
Love it some more,
Be brave, go left,
On Farewell Street.

 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Evalyn Lee is a former CBS News producer currently living in London, UK. Her broadcast work received an Emmy and numerous Writers Guild Awards. She produced television segments for 60 Minutes in New York and the BBC in London, and wrote for Dan Rather, Mike Wallace, and Lesley Stahl while covering both Gulf Wars and many investigative pieces. She has interviewed writers including Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Dick Francis and Margaret Atwood about their work. Evalyn’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in: Letting Go: An Anthology of Attempts, ed. Martha Hughes; Hawai’i Pacific Review; War, Literature, and the Arts Journal; Broad River Review 2016; Amarillo Bay; Diverse Arts Project; The Broken Plate; The Louisville Review; Red Savina Review; Saint Ann’s Review; Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts; and Stickman Review. She won the Willow Review prize for short fiction for 2016.

 

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