Hotel, hospital,

haven for pilgrims of the past

all the same root word

host, hospitality,

huesped, l’hôte, hostel

a place to rest, linger,

lie in repose,

be comforted and restored,

a place to pass the long night

before rising to the next

morning’s journey.

Yvette Flaten

Yvette Viets Flaten, (Eau Claire, WI) writes award-winning fiction and poetry. She enjoys the outdoors, cooking, reading, and she makes a point to write every day, following Sinclair Lewis’ advice to “make black marks on white paper.” Her recent work has appeared in Blue Heron Review, Nightingale and Sparrow, Silver Birch Press, Barstow and Grand, and North Dakota Quarterly.

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