I went out of the schoolhouse fast
and through the gardens to the woods,
and spent all summer forgetting what I'd been taught --
two times two, and diligence, and so forth,
how to be modest and useful, and how to succeed and so forth,
machines and oil and plastic and money and so forth.
By fall I had healed somewhat, but was summoned back
to the chalky rooms and the desks, to sit and remember
the way the river kept rolling its pebbles,
the way the will wrens sang though they hadn't a penny in the bank,
the way the flowers were dressed in nothing but light.
16th Sep 2022 को प्रकाशित