Poets Walk: "winking glass"

Poets Walk: "winking glass"

Location on Poets Walk Map: 75


Nostalgia by Joyce Carol Oates


NOSTALGIA

(RURAL DISTRICT SCHOOL #7, RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK)


Crumbling stone steps of the old schoolhouse

Boarded-up windows shards of winking glass

Built 1898, numerals faint in stone as shadow

Through a window, obedient rows of desks mute


How many generations of this rocky countryside grown & gone

How many memories & all forgotten

& soon to be razed & goodbye America

The flagless pole, what relief!

I love it, the eye lifting skyward to nothing

Never to pledge allegiance to the United States of America again

Never to press my flat right hand over my heart again as if I had one