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The Tourist From Syracuse Analysis



Author: poem of Donald Justice Type: poem Views: 12

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One of those men who can be a car salesman or a tourist from Syracuse or a

hired assassin.



-- John D. MacDonald





You would not recognize me.


Mine is the face which blooms in


The dank mirrors of washrooms


As you grope for the light switch.





My eyes have the expression


Of the cold eyes of statues


Watching their pigeons return


From the feed you have scattered,





And I stand on my corner


With the same marble patience.


If I move at all, it is


At the same pace precisely





As the shade of the awning


Under which I stand waiting


And with whose blackness it seems


I am already blended.





I speak seldom, and always


In a murmur as quiet


As that of crowds which surround


The victims of accidents.





Shall I confess who I am?


My name is all names, or none.


I am the used-car salesman,


The tourist from Syracuse,





The hired assassin, waiting.


I will stand here forever


Like one who has missed his bus --


Familiar, anonymous --





On my usual corner,


The corner at which you turn


To approach that place where now


You must not hope to arrive.








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