Poets Walk: "winking glass"
Location on Poets Walk Map: 75
Nostalgia by Joyce Carol Oates
(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