2000 [ Time / Love | Exile ]


A year — a new millennium, too —
with so many possibilities is finally here,
with new stories, beginnings & endings.
The dreaded “Y2K” didn’t pan out; still,
what are the uses of fear, if not to exile us
from our birthright/s?


My first marriage, with its anger & silences
punctuated by slamming doors, fails earlier
but finally ends this year. I’m free & I’m not.

I leave Hawai‛i a second time,
likely for good. I’ve finally broken free
into permanent exile from my home island/s.

In the summer I leave for Washington State,
for the Pacific Northwest, for what will become
my new home. My new home, that is, until
I realize that exile follows / finds me there, too.

I’m free & I’m not. I begin to interrogate
so many failed relationships, my exile
from Hawai‛i, my exile from love.


Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo ~ 2013 | My Day 5
April 9, 2013

[I’m trying to catch up!]

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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