Author: Paul House

Poetry: That's Where I Belong

                                                   (for Susie)


Sometimes she would stay up late,

long after he’d gone to bed,

reading about ruined cities

submerged beneath the sea

off the north coast of Africa

where she had grown up

and he would strain his ears

to hear the pages turn,

imagining her swimming

just below the surface of the water

looking for headless statues

or stern carved faces with seaweed beards,

frightening the bright fish

into shoals of colour and fan-like shapes.

She had swum here too

when they’d first arrived,

diving deep into the coral reefs,

until they turned the boat back towards the shore

and made love for hours on one of the sandy beaches.

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Poem for Anna •  Mandelstam and Mayakovsky •  The Lighted Window  •  Alone with the Years •  The Poet Tires •  Something there is •  La Madrugada •  Postcard of a Golden Retriever •  Shellfish •  Miguel Hernandez •  At the Edge of the Ebro •  Gone •  Playing Cards •  That's Where I Belong •  An Abstract Perfection •  Pearls in a Glass •  Poem for Susie •  Mornings in MalasaƱa •  Leo •  A Garbled Message •  Gnome •  Old Friends •  More About Penguins •  Ghosts •  Poem for Nelly •  Good Friday in Salamanca •  T.L.P. •  What It Is About •  The Blind Man And His Guide •  The Smell Of Winter •  For No Other Reason •  Poem for Linda