what happens when a man

what happens when a man
has been walking
in a forest
for forty years
and suddenly stumbles
into a field?

he blinks his eyes
in the sun, he
smiles, watches
the swallows swooping
like kites, the wind
running through
the grass
like children swarming
from the school-house,
the small lavender
flowers who play
themselves before
an audience of clouds

tells himself
this cannot be or
cannot last, it isn’t
right, and goes back
into the woods
to keep pretending
he’s lost


About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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One Response to what happens when a man

  1. Barb says:

    Good one! Mom

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