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Collected Poems

Away From It All

Away From It All

All I ask for is a minimum of commotion,
and an unimpeded view of the Pacific Ocean.

I'll need a good store of some old-time potion
—say bottled Guinness. Skip the sunburn lotion.

I want to sail boats like a Nova Scotian,
and to follow the tides with a dog-like devotion.

I want to leave behind me all rancid emotion.
I want to be alone. I want to forget Goschen.

I want to lie still, and feel the earth's motion,
with nothing in my head, not a whim or a notion.