1. The Quiet Life

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<p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;">One of the poems in <em>HOME FRONT</em>.&nbsp;&nbsp; This is not on my <em>Just War</em> CD.<br /></span></p>


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<p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">The Quiet Life</span></strong></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: x-small;"><em> Lately I&rsquo;ve developed a taste for the quiet life.&nbsp; I think how we could lie and talk together through the night.&nbsp; &ndash;Su Tung &lsquo;po</em></span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size: small;">We could lie together head to head or</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">side by side and on a moonless cloudless</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">summer&rsquo;s night watch the sky and we could tell</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">our stories whichever way we&rsquo;d choose and I</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">would choose to tell you how one time all alone</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">I lay in a field of corn just to watch</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">the sudden horizontal float and green shifting</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">of the shimmering borealis strewn in sheets</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">that flew across the sky and I would only want</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">to leave you with the charge of such energy</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">as it burst &ndash; burst &amp; flared to shift and fade &amp;</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">burst &amp; flare again in the pure silence</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">of a night too cool for crickets or frogs</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">But of course to know any of this</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">we would have to be together</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">head to head</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">or at least in the garden</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">side by side</span></p>
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<p style="text-align: left;" align="right"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><em>January 2001</em></span></p>