My Father’s Geography
I was parading the Côte d’Azur, hopping the short trains from Nice to Cannes, following the maze of streets in Monte Carlo to the hill that overlooks the ville. A woman fed me pâté in the afternoon, calling from her stall to offer me more. At breakfast I talked in French with an old man about what he loved about America—the Kennedys. On the beaches I walked and watched topless women sunbathe and swim, loving both home and being so far from it. At a phone looking to Africa over the Mediterranean, I called my father, and, missing me, he said, “You almost home boy. Go on cross that sea!”
From My Father’s Geography by Michael S. Weaver, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Copyright © 1992 Michael S. Weaver. Used with permission.