Oakland Airport

You sat in so many airports
on your way to see 
your sister in Israel

your sister in St. Paul
your son in Toronto
your son in Indianapolis

your daughter in California   or
on your way to Prague
to play Bartók

to Italy
to meet us
in Florence

in Frankfurt
waiting for us
to drive with you

to Wilhelmshöhe
where the child
you were
came leaping out
in one fell swoop    
naming   the larch trees

the cherries   
the parapet   the house   
that was bombed

by the allies
where now a fifties
modern house stands

even so you say
life looks
as life should look

no billboards  

just this
Hansel und Gretel

About the Author: Naomi Ruth Lowinsky’s poems have been widely published, most recently in Serving House Journal, Ginosko and Stickman. Her poem “Madelyn Dunham, Passing On” won first prize in the Obama Millennium Contest. She has also won the Blue Light Poetry Chapbook Contest. Lowinsky’s fourth poetry collection is The Faust Woman Poems. Lowinsky is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Berkeley, CA and the poetry and fiction editor of Psychological Perspectives, which is published by the Los Angeles Jung Institute.