Sameba 2019

Frankee Lyons


Retreating through trellises of grapes

growing woven through rubber bands;

through the rose garden, fragrance hanging ancient 

in the beading humidity –

I snapped the line of mopeds collapsed rubble

all down the sloping street, wheels to the curb;

suspended sheets pennants on clotheslines

from balconies to crumbling apartments.

Remember when you taught me how

to fold a flag with purpose,

to store it with care.

I had never given it much thought before.


Fitting into frame your face on foreign steps,

yellow marble chapels high relief against a cloudless sky; 

aspirant, pressing one more, just you –


you – 

seeking cake, coffee, na wynos, peripatos,

two flavors shared between – 

exit viewfinder, enter buzzing,

braiding paths of tourists and true believers.

I wish I had thought to capture 

the crisp white of your new linen shirt,

sweated through the back 

from that morning’s wrong directions.

Frankee Lyons is a Guest Contributor for Panorama.

Frankee Lyons is a PhD candidate in Modern Eastern European History at the University of Illinois Chicago. A former Fulbright scholar and Title VIII fellow, Lyons currently resides in Warsaw, Poland. She can be reached on Twitter and Instagram at @voyagehistory and through her website



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