13
Sep
10

And So We Fled

Hello, everyone! Annie and I have moved out to her family farm in Warren, OR. Yesterday we spent our first night out there, and this is the result:

And so we fled
And came to the farm house late at night
Parking on the grass
And flipping on lights
That had long lain dormant
And little Niamh giggled and ran through every room
And we followed, indulgent
Reluctant to break the spell

And walking outside
The stars loomed close
Hanging just above my head
Dancing, singing, shining
Through an atmosphere of peace
And I stood and stared
And all but kissed them

And Annie nursed the child
And the quiet stole our breaths
And we whispered in reverence
And Annie sang and the child slept
And later, so did we

And in the wee hours I alone awoke
Out of weary duty
And made the drive
Over that wide and tree-encrusted highway
Wonder-struck at the painted sunrise
That you only see out there
Where we have fled
But I bid it farewell and drove
My foot still smarting
Where I kicked the gate
In the dark, fumbling with chains
Chains that bind us still

Peace,

—Joel

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5 Responses to “And So We Fled”


  1. 1 Hans Chung-Otterson
    September 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Glad to hear you guys made it, Joel. Love the poem. Blessings & Boons on your family and this stage of your lives.

    So when is farm-con? ;)

  2. 2 Willem
    September 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    OMG. FARMCON. OMG.

  3. 3 Joel
    September 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    You know it, guys. I promise not to lose you in the woods “LARPing.”


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