Pilgrimage, Day 1
February 10, 2012 § 2 Comments
Her pilgrimage began with
Circumambulation in the hotel lobby.
She raked her bare toes through the thick carpeting
That had been vacuumed at daybreak
By acolytes in rayon-and-acetate garb,
Paper booties covering their shoes.
She slowly spiraled inward, closing in on
The complementary continental breakfast
Which was really an elaborate smorgasbord
Of gravlax and capers, watercress soup,
Lemon mousse, mimosas, and crème caramel.
Nearly within arm’s length,
She bore the pain of waiting in line with great good will
Smiling sweetly and thinking good thoughts
While she listened to the harpist play lilting melodies.
Her voice joined those of the devout religieuses
To recite lighthearted incantations
Punctuated with refrains of tinkling laughter.