Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

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Thirty years

later, she will take a train
then take a jet
then take another train

to retrace Edgar’s steps.
A cobalt sky, mountain passes
jagged in the near-distance. The rocky, shining sea.

The red, white, green
flags threshed
in a brisk, wintry wind. Rimini. Mumbled prayers.

A tour
unlike his tour—
hers with lady travelers, tea, Rome in three days.

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  Catching the Send-Off Train:
  Platform
Telephone Operator
Justice of the Peace
Where There’s Smoke
  There’s Breakfast
Life Line
Floating
Charlie
Fragments, Sent
Red, White, Green
Pauline to Edgar
I’m not saying it’s the same.
Taking off His Ring, Part One
Edgar to Pauline
Tattered Mosaic
And Sometimes a Boy Needs
  a Father
Edgar
Taking off His Ring, Part Two
Charlie: Settling In
Thirty years
Charlie: Settling In, Part Two
Platform: Traveling Back