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Gary Snyder - December At Yase

You 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 known
     where 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 had 
Lived many lives.

And may never now know
If I am a fool
Or have done what my
     karma demands.

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Poet: Gary Snyder
Poem: December At Yase
Volume: The Back Country
Year: Published/Written in 1968
Poem of the Day: Dec 4 2008
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