Sunday Poem, October 28, 2012

by kto

Driving West in 1970

My dear children do you remember
The morning we climbed into the old Plymouth
And drove west straight toward the Pacific?

We were all the people there were.
We followed Dylan’s songs all the way west.
It was Seventy; the war was over, almost;

And we were driving to the sea.
We had closed the farm, tucked in
The flap, and were eating the honey

Of distance and the word “there”.
Oh whee, we’re gonna fly
Down into the easy chair. We sang that

Over and over. That’s what the early
Seventies were like. We weren’t afraid.
And a hole had opened in the world.

We laughed at Las Vegas.
There was enough gaiety
For all of us, and ahead of us

Was the ocean. Tomorrow’s
The day my bride’s gonna come.
And the war was over, almost.

—Robert Bly, Eating the Honey of Words (1999)

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