John Close - poems read by John

there is a line

There is a line stretching from here to death
Full both with tears and laughter so entwined
It could be onions or a clown's mask lines
Fall so - definition such a waste of time.

And it is said years can't erode the dreamer
Though there is straight erosion of the dream
Time catches you one foot inside the door
"Before you return would you just like one more
Chance to enjoy the ocean or the stream
We will arrange a canoe or first-class steamer."

Happy the lover, happy is that man
Who knows no end to, or when his joy began.

written September 1970

© John Close