New Orleans

New Orleanians won’t let you forget
you aren’t from here.
Even after a decade.
And neither does the feeling
you’re discovering a country
within a country, a separate way
people have for living
without your approval
or need for it. Coffee shops
that open after nine am
when you’re already at work.

Travelers’ Summer

Weather stretching out

golden and blue

to encourage us all to the road.

With sunglasses and daypacks,

swimsuits and bottles of trunked water

growing warm as if they’re already

laid out in the sun.