I used to pride myself on an adaptable nature.
Let the backdrop and scenery change,
Let all other actors be removed;
The show would go on.
But I seem to have lost my place in the script.
I don’t remember this scene-change;
These lines are unfamiliar to me–
The characters, too new.
Maladjustment is a new feeling for me
Who could create home ex nihilo,
Able to use words for walls,
To use thought as a nail.
But now, in this protracted transition
I have not yet found my home–
Not in long-beloved books,
Not in oft-sung melodies.
Still, I will not fear this transiental drifting
As long as I have the familiarity
Of warm peppermint tea
In a black mug.