What is the minimum essential amount of baggage to carry between streets, between cities? The weight of memories, impressions in concrete, solidified emotions which form an anchor to a place so effective that Tokyo and Topeka become interchangeable. A slim photograph all that remains of one's past: every trip an attempt to match the furnishings of that half-remembered living room, dust reflecting light in the late afternoon, the sound of china at tea time. The cardigan which goes everywhere but is never to be worn, functioning as a security blanket on a trip between each state capital of the original colonies, each battlefield of the Civil War. The suitcase used by a grandfather, an ambassador, a suitcase still carried, even on overnight trips; or a letter, folded and creased almost beyond endurance, the essence of a romantic love felt more strongly than health, hunger, heat.
reading the fall of light in the lengthening twilight
weather progressing onward through to summer at a brisk trot