On Leaving America – Part 3


                                            Things To Be Left Behind

Sometimes wet eyes
Process of leaving
Packing up
Trips to the Goodwill store
So many things
My guns!
Are not allowed in Sweden
Lamps – all things electrical
Wrong voltage
Big flat screen TV we saved for
Tools it took me 40 years to gather
Everything that I might need
Drill press and table saw – wrong voltage
And non-metric wrenches . . . sockets.
Plants: One ficus with me 30 years
Raised from a sprig
The scenery:
Seattle: Emerald City
Puget Sound in walking distance
Mt. Rainier on the horizon
Taken for granted
All these years
No more
No more.

About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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5 Responses to On Leaving America – Part 3

  1. echidna10 says:

    Gorgeous photo, Bruce! Your work is wonderful, and I love this site. Thank you.

  2. trainmandan says:

    Lovely photo of Mt. Rainier and touching poem. But once you get over homesickness, I’m sure you’ll love Sweden. The scenery is magnificent there, too.

  3. catnipoflife says:

    Bruce, this is so-o-o-o-o sad! What beautiful scenery! BUT Be hap-p-p-p-py just thinking about the new ventures and awesome scenery ahead! BTW Talk about sad. . .My very first experience with the mountains was the Swiss Alps. Go figure with so many beautiful mountain scenes right here in America!!!!!

  4. nyparrot says:

    Looking forward to lots of beautiful photos from Sweden!:-) Great to connect with you, Bruce. Aloha from NY!

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