May 31

stood in the middle

of the old town square

listened to the chimes

of the church bells

and the hum of people exploring

this familiar world

there was a sense of peace

that I knew from elsewhere

that had been elusive

almost forbidden here

change hung in the air

not change imposed or doomed

change of choice and I stood here

I knew the old scars in this square

but I couldn’t help but feel free

that was in the air

freedom had finally found a home here

june 30 1996

Malešice, Czech Republic

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