I used to think it was spelled ex-patriot,

implying the death of love,

of connections

or bonds

or all of the above.

But expatriate means, only, out.

Out of town,

out of bounds,

out of reach,

out of touch.

Expatriate means I wasn’t at your wedding,

or twenty-two years later,

but still too soon,

your funeral.

It has taken me half my lifetime

to learn the difference.


by R.L. McKinney

For Sara