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If I were to stay here (poem)

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If I were to stay on this island
I would write poetry Lots of it

Poem would follow poem
I would have no choice

Because my mind would clear up
I would wake up

Earlier and earlier because
The same sea that lulled me to sleep

Would wake me up
I would become that person

In the painting on the rocks
I would learn the tides

Give myself to the ebb and flow
I would forget about my old life

As I have done countless times before
But this time I would let my roots down

Where they have always wanted to go
Into the ancient earth

And then I would stay
Because it would be too risky to leave

It would be all wrong
The mainland I mean

It would be a fractal mismatch
It would make me sick or crazy

Here is where my edge
Conforms to ledge and sea

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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger and author of several nonfiction books, a collection of poetry, "Children to the Mountain" and a memoir, "Finding Myself in Time: Facing the Music" Over the last few years he has begun calling (more...)

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