Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

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Charlie: Settling In

“But I don’t want to live
at this stupid place!”
I told Mom. Jim held both our suitcases.

Mom held a welcome gift fern.
I clutched her leg. We’d moved
that morning from Gran’s house.

I squeezed my toy soldier in my palm until it hurt.
My other toys already in Jim’s living room,
Mom’s perfume bottle already on his bedside table.

Jim smiled too hard, patted my back.
I wanted to smack him away, but mom warned,

“Be nice.”

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  Catching the Send-Off Train:
  Platform
Telephone Operator
Justice of the Peace
Where There’s Smoke
  There’s Breakfast
Life Line
Floating
Charlie
Fragments, Sent
Red, White, Green
Pauline to Edgar
I’m not saying it’s the same.
Taking off His Ring, Part One
Edgar to Pauline
Tattered Mosaic
And Sometimes a Boy Needs
  a Father
Edgar
Taking off His Ring, Part Two
Charlie: Settling In
Thirty years
Charlie: Settling In, Part Two
Platform: Traveling Back