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American Life in Poetry: Second Tour

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Psychologists must have a word for it, the phenomenon of shifting the focus of sadness from the source of that sadness to something else. Here's a fine poem on this subject by Penelope Scambly Schott, who lives in Oregon.

Second Tour

While my husband packed to fly back to Vietnam,

this time as a tourist instead of a soldier,

I drove to the zoo to say goodbye to the musk oxen

who were being shipped out early next morning

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