The time after
a vacation
is different, isn’t it?
I ask her, rhetorically.
Whether you go
to tranquil woods
or teeming cities,
coasts or fields,
slopes or valleys,
Ashland drama series
or Paris Air Show . . .
She waits till
I finish my
little recitation
and answers:
Only if you allow
yourself to be
a stranger—
there,
and on
your return.

–Allan Cox