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That Far Off Land by Jo Stewart

In that fuzzy time of childhood
an old man
kept pigeons in a coop
NĂ³nno was his name.
His handle bar-pure white
singed by red wine.

Ten feet tall was he
this old one
this bird keeper
this father of mothers
ruler of the roost.

He strutted wildly
ranted wildly
Mothers and pigeons
trembled wings

Yet gentle his treat
for little ones
sitting on his lap
homemade bread
dipped in wine
for all who called him NĂ³nno
in that far off land
I dimly remember

 

 

Published by The Journal, Vol. XVIII 2009

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

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