Less than, equal to, or greater than.
Three symbols that represent all the possibilities.
Our love > it has been. Will be.
My love for you = yours for me.
Love can only be < what it was.
Seeing the exit sign for Paterson, NJ
she said in her deep smoker voice,
“Dr. Williams. I wanted to take off
my clothes and lie down in front
of him.” Doctor and poet. Examination time.
You know every prisoner thinks about escape.
In war, it is the soldier’s responsibility.
Back home, we do the same things.
Dig tunnels, pick locks, wear our disguises,
wait for the opportune moment and act.
I didn’t notice, so intent I was
on the path I was already on.
But both roads were just as fair
and really worn about the same, so
no sigh from me. And no regrets.
This poem references one of the best known American poems – Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” – which I do not read the same way my teachers once taught me it should be understood.