Hometel: A Poem by Nicole Tallman

Hotel hallway
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That day when R asked if I lived in a hometel, and I almost corrected him but stopped myself because I realized small children sometimes understand truths better than adults do, and that their vocabulary is consequently at times far superior.

It’s irrelevant that I lived in a residential high-rise and not a hotel. It’s relevant that this friend’s child equated elevator with hotel. Doorman with hotel. No backyard with hotel. Not quite a home = hometel. Child, stable. Me, unstable—and soon to leave. Again.


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