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Bill Tremblay

62 years old
Fort Collins, CO

Bill Tremblay's seven books of poems include CRYING IN THE CHEAP SEATS, DUHAMEL, RAINSTORM OVER THE ALPHABET, and the forthcoming DOOR OF FIRE. He has received awards from Fulbright, NEA, NEH, Pushcart, Yaddo, and the Stern Distinguished Professorship at Colorado State University where he has taught poetry in the MFA program for the past thirty years.


THE ETERNAL RETURN OF THE SAME

Dear Friedrich,
I've been waiting by the fountain
until everyone passes by like you said,
again and again. It's true.
Yesterday a guy I went to college with
came up to me. I see you're a professor now,
he said, I hope you weren't one of those
peacenik anti-war types.

I was, I told him.

Well, I was an officer
in the Marines trying to keep my men alive.
But it was hard with you and Hanoi Jane
giving aid to the enemy.
I don't forget and I don't forgive.
People like you should be put up
against a wall and shot.
End of conversation. Semper Fi!

I looked into his eyes
which were South China Sea blue
and blinking out like you said they would,
time a pulsation, not a river,
but when everything returns it's
not the same, Friedrich.

I believe you,
but I think the details change,
crows' feet around the eyes of a man
who still walks around
but who died back there the last time,
the name of the President maybe,
the date on the calendar.
Something in us dies each time,
like our so-called innocence
each dawn. I light candles.
My country, 'tis of thee.


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