Monday, February 28, 2005


How did I end up in this rowboat
with Anne, heading for God?

Or is that the isle of Bali Hai,
there over the horizon’s curve?

My heart’s desire waits there,
I’m sure, unattainable

unless one knows the right people.
Won’t you put in a good word for me?

After all, I’ve spent a lifetime
in search of your happiness,

knowing none myself
save when I pull the hardest.

Stephen Brooke ©2005

...various elements percolated up here...Anne, of course, is Anne Sexton, referencing her 'Awful Rowing Toward God'...Bali Hai because my friend Karen was trying out for a role in a production of South Pacific...Bali Hai is beyond reach for most of us in our little rowboats...and a recognition that I've spent most of my life trying to make other people happy in hopes that a little would rub off on me. :)

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