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Moving In Circle

by Chris Sorrenti

   yes Virginia
   Vanier is a lot like Arnprior

so surprising?
we gravitate
towards the familiar
seek our old selves
among the new
faces we can’t quite place
this metropolitan borough
its working class citizens
seemingly picked up
relocated with us to the big city

what’s in a corner store
with a missing letter in its sign?
or bowling alley
in need of fresh paint?
that brings a friendly longing
postwar homes
where the heart’s always been

not ours anymore
we’re suburbanites now
where one prefab
resembles the next
pavement clean enough
to eat from
landscaped trees
barely more than twigs

a step up we’re thankful for
though a trip downtown
is all it takes
and we’re home again

© 2000

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Author's Note: Published in the poetry magazine, Alter Vox (2000), Ottawa, Canada. Produced by Luciano Diaz. Also published in the chapbook We Are T.O.P.S. (The Ontario Poetry Society), January to April 2004 Vol. 5 – No. 1, I.B. Iskov Editor/Publisher, Toronto, Canada. I.S.S.N. 1708-2552

Posted on 07/06/2005
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 07/06/05 at 02:24 AM

Philosophical as well as nostalgic! Insightful, we cannot help but relate to the new in the light of what we know and are.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 07/06/05 at 06:23 AM

I was just in Vanier for poetry critique night Monday, and talking about Arnprior the other day. I always liked this poem a lot. Neat beginning too.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 07/06/05 at 07:24 AM

Chris, yes...what's done in the name of progress to clean up the old for an antiseptic (or so they think) new. Twigs of trees where huggable ones used to be, mega-malls replacing the smaller ones where you are greeted like a friend when you go in. That feeling is familiar, moving from a small suburban town in NJ to the metro-LA area.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 07/07/05 at 05:33 AM

Ah, you urbane man. I like that last bit (if I understood it right) about feeling at home downtown. It took me many years, but I now enjoy working downtown and being with that boiling cacophony of humanity.

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