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There is a Road: Poem by Laura Schulkind

24 Jul 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: “Reunion” by Maria Wolfram, @maria.wolfram


“Jane Crofut; The Crofut Farm; Grover’s Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America; Continent of North America; Western Hemisphere; the Earth; the Solar System; the Universe; the Mind of God.”

                                                —Thorton Wilder, Our Town


There is a road,

on the outskirts of Arroyo Grande, California,

whose name makes me think of

the letter sent to Jane Crofut by her minister.


The name I won’t say—

as it is after a father of ten,

whose living descendants still fill the Valley and beyond.

Suffice it to say, it is an ancient name,

a Portuguese name, carried

across the Atlantic from the Azores

over a century ago.

Suffice it to say, it could be the name of

a thousand roads.


I want to mail a letter there,

to any of the tidy homes,

arranged on groomed lawns,

with swings and flower beds and

hand-painted mailboxes, and

address it like this:



“…” Road

Arroyo Grande, CA

Formerly a strawberry farm

Planted and harvested for 70 seasons

First by “…” and his wife, who arrived with nothing

Then their children and grandchildren

Until the bank took it over

And carved it up into lots

Taking everything

Even his name

For the road


See if the postman brings it, just the same.


About the author:

Laura Schulkind is an attorney by day, where she is entrusted with others’ stories. Through poetry she tells her own. Her chapbook, Lost in Tall Grass, was released by Finishing Line Press (May 2014). Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and can also be found on her website: www.lauraschulkind.com.

Art: Reunion by Maria Wolfram, Helsinki, Finland, @maria.wolframhttp://www.mariawolfram.com/

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