The Visitor

By Ruthy Kohorn Rosenberg, University Ombudsperson, Brown University
IOA Board Member

I hear your footsteps slowing on the stairs.Hesitating at the top, You leave the carpet for the wood
Noticing the last direction, directions followed like bread crumbs
In this maze of a building.
And you
Hover just outside my door.

What will you carry through that door?
I will welcome whatever you bring.

I pause and breathe,
I still the aviary in my mind; fluttering, hopping, swooping.
Emails not returned, conversations just ended,
Emotions swirling from moments ago, not yet dealt with.
They finally take their places on the roost, and quiet.
My body poised

I rise and say
You’re in the right place
Come in.

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Lisa Klug - Wednesday, June 05, 2019

What a delightful space you have created. Physically and emotionally so very welcoming. Thanks for sharing.

Ruthy Kohorn Rosenberg - Thursday, May 30, 2019

That is a picture of my office!

Mark H. Patterson - Monday, May 27, 2019

That really captures the feeling, Ruthy. Is that a picture of your office?

Katrina Fowler - Thursday, May 23, 2019

Thanks for sharing!

Ms. Elaine Shaw - Thursday, May 23, 2019

Thank you, Ruthy!

Marcia Gee Riley - Thursday, May 23, 2019

Love it, Ruthy! Thanks so much for sharing.

Ruthy Kohorn Rosenberg - Wednesday, May 08, 2019

thank you, thank you Kim and Elisa!

Elisa Enriquez - Wednesday, May 08, 2019

I love this, Ruthy!

Kim Fulbright - Wednesday, May 08, 2019

I printed this off and put it above my computer. Thanks for sharing!

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