October 29, 1981

[for Nancy, whom I loved October 30, 1978

through October 29, 1980]


"Why could the Peony not bloom out to play?"

---Ruth St. Geneva, "Nights In Willard, VA"


A whole year, and I still lacked words to say

even a short complaint about the way

she left me stranded, exiled from Geneva

(the whole affair seemed, now, bad comedy);

unable to declare in poetry

the line drawn straight from shock to agony;

unable that year, even, to retrieve a

whole and originative memory

that was not warped, dislocated. or bent

by this melodramatic incident.





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