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 		 [ “When a thought from the past fires the soul,” writes the
poet Joseph Zaccardi of a wartime memory, “time is no more.” And
yet it clings to the present. ] [https://portside.org/] 

 PORTSIDE CULTURE 

 PATH TO MIGRATION   [https://portside.org/2019-05-24/path-migration]


 

 Joseph Zaccardi 
 January 15, 2015
A Wolf Stands in Water 

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 _ “When a thought from the past fires the soul,” writes the poet
Joseph Zaccardi of a wartime memory, “time is no more.” And yet it
clings to the present. _ 

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Path to Migration 

By JOSEPH ZACCARDI

An old man in City Park is feeding the pigeons. 

He is trying to teach them to be orderly and fair. 

The pigeons will have none of this, they scramble 

from one side of the park bench to the other 

to gain advantage. If you would only be patient, 

he says. And then his voice trails off. He is remembering 

something from the Great War in Europe. Something 

a historian would consider insignificant. One side or the other 

he says out loud. There was a girl running out of a barn 

in France, trying to save a chicken who had become frightened 

by all the noise. A bullet went clear through her body; 

she stood for a moment, then fell over. Now the old man’s eyes 

have a glassy look which could be angels closing in 

around his vision. When a thought from the past fires the soul, 

time is no more. Why won’t you share, he says,

to the pigeons? 

JOSEPH ZACCARDI says poetry came alive for him in the 7th grade when
his teacher, Sister Francesca, gave him a small book of poems by W.C.
Williams. Perhaps the power of poetry is that it stays with you, even
when it is not with you. Each day is a tree of verbal apples one may
climb; he is usually up there, unless he is after the even more
delectable fruits of silence. He is the former Poet Laureate of Marin
county in California.   www.josephzaccardi.com
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