A Journey Alone


You are so distant from me now

But I remember the love we once shared

My life has unraveled and I stumble unconfident

Waves of anxiety and depression

Wash up upon my empty shores.


You are an unusual person in many ways

Most of this is good, and refreshing, and interesting

But you leave much unsaid, and our friendship is inconsistent.

Leaving me guessing all the time.


Was listening not to Ravel but to Roy Harris this evening

Symphony No. 4, a "Folk Song Symphony"

The section that brought tears to my eyes was Western Cowboy.


I'm no cowboy and you're no cowgirl

But we both live here, don't we?

Oh bury me not on the lone prairie

My dear Jenny.


A difficult journey I must now make alone.


David Oesper