Wanderlust

By Alison Stone and Eric Grenike

Spring’s first warm day slapped him into action. Wanderlust hit him hard, like a sudden itch too deep to scratch. Wild with confinement, he unfolded and refolded maps, shoved nuts and a compass into vest pockets, left the breakfast dishes crusting in the sink.  He was halfway up the hiking trail before he remembered that he hadn’t locked the door.   Should he trust the luck white bell-shaped flowers tolled? Upon consideration, he decided to place his trust in the 200 lb. orangutan he’d left guarding ‘the fort.’  The beast could just as easily share his fruit and wardrobe with intruders as fight them off, but sometimes looks are enough.  Orange flashed before his eyes in the form of a Baltimore oriole singing a sweet song of spring.  Swaying to the beat, he raised his primate arms.  A passing policeman thought the gesture odd, because he hadn’t even placed The Subject under arrest, yet.  Oblivious to the seriousness of his badge, The Subject answered his initial question with the knock knock punch line, “Orange you glad I didn’t say banana again.” He was down on the range, thinking of an orange Grange Hall, when he heard the explosion.  He turned to see an orange ball of fire fill the sky.  As it flew toward him like a meteor, he was overwhelmed again with feelings of wanderlust.

 

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Alison Stone is the author of Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), Borrowed Logic (Dancing Girl Press 2014), From the Fool to the World: Poems in the Voices of the Major Arcana of the Tarot (Parallel Press 2012) and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award and was published by Many Mountains Moving Press. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, and a variety of other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin award. She is also a painter and the creator of The Stone Tarot. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. She is currently editing an anthology of poems on the Persephone/Demeter myth.

Eric Greinke’s work has appeared in the Abraxas, California Quarterly, The Delaware Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Ginyu (Japan), The Green Door (Belgium),The Journal (UK), Main Street Rag, the New York Quarterly, the Paterson Literary Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Poem, Prosopisia (India), The South Carolina Review, The University of Tampa Review and many others. He is the Featured Poet in the current issue of the Aurorean.  He is a book reviewer for The Pedestal Magazine.  His book For The Living Dead – New & Selected Poems has achieved a large international audience.  He is one of twenty American poets included in the international anthology The Second Genesis: An Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry (India; 2014).


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