20 years old,
bare dorm room,
November dark,
somewhere above
heavy metal takes on the Grateful Dead.

Books on the desk,
unread,
tattered notebook,
scored with
scribbled lines.

Late for class,
I pause
caught by the mirror.

Ponytail askew,
red-eyed and hollow
from too much weed.
Is this life,
I ask.

10,000 stories,
33 years
12 jobs,
6 times zones ,
two oceans,
a continent,
a hemisphere,
further.

Dark May morning,
late for work,
the mirror catches me,
bathroom lights harsh
and unforgiving,
I pause

Thinning hair,
lined by winds
sun,
and smiles.
This
is life.
I grin.

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.