The Back Country1968You said, that October,
In the tall dry grass by the orchard
When you chose to be free,
"Again someday, maybe ten years."After college I saw you
One time.You were strange,
And I was obsessed with a plan.Now ten years and more have
Gone by: I've always knownwhere you were-
I might have gone to you
Hoping to win your love back.
You still are single.I didn't.
I thought I must make it alone.I
Have done that.Only in dream, like this dawn,
Does the grave, awed intensity
Of our young love
Return to my mind, to my flesh.We had what the others
All crave and seek for;
We left it behind at nineteen.I feel ancient, as though I hadLived many lives.And may never now know
If I am a fool
Or have done what mykarma demands.