Fullness and Emptiness/2

by Mark Chmiel

Before Carla’s presentation at the Peace Center
Henry reminisced with me as we both ate tabouli and fries pitas

“The first time I went to Guatemala
I was there for a couple of weeks
When I came home
I thought I could write a book
I was so full!

The next time I went
I stayed for three months
When I returned to the US
I couldn’t write a paragraph for a year
I was so empty”

–from Dear Layla Welcome to Palestine

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