Tourist Map

Table service by his wife
She, a wilted prom queen
He, her football team captain

Children in tow, older now
Unliked but loved, subtle manipulation
Family formed, a unit

To home in a caravan
A girlfriend, a dog, all in order
Dinner march, convicts to the electric chair

Moving about after their executions
Swallowed in easy chairs
Girlfriend, wife swallow easy from chairs

Home rhythms revealed, normalcy known
Predictability trusted, anything else untrustable
Rest assured, familiarity reigns

In the suburbs there’s a lot to see
I’m from no man’s home
Me, a tourist, and this, my map


Published by Adam F.C. Fletcher

I'm a speaker and writer who researches, writes and shares about youth, education, and history. Learn more about me at

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