To Vanish

October 15, 2016

Written by Rod Beecham

You know how it is:

returning to the place

after years,

and the familiarity

made sad by absence

(your own, as well as others’).

You feel embarrassed—

ashamed, even.

Life goes on,

it’s not the end of the world;

everyone – including you –

had other things to do.

But the strange faces seem obscene,

while the familiar ones

possess a belonging

no longer your own.

__________

Rod Beecham was educated at Monash and Oxford and took his doctorate from the University of Melbourne.  His essay, ‘Fiction and Memoir of Britain’s Great War: Disillusioned or Disparate?’, was published in the ‘European Review of History’, Vol. 22, No. 5, September (2015), pp. 791-813.  He is currently preparing a biography of the poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe.  Rod is a Literature Lecturer in the Trinity College Foundation Studies Programme.

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