Gary Snyder


December At Yase - Poem by Gary Snyder

You said, that October,
In the tall dry grass by the orchard
When you chose to be free,
"Again someday, maybe ten years."

After college I saw you
One time. You were strange,
And I was obsessed with a plan.

Now ten years and more have
Gone by: I've always known
where you were—
I might have gone to you
Hoping to win your love back.
You still are single.

I didn't.
I thought I must make it alone. I
Have done that.

Only in dream, like this dawn,
Does the grave, awed intensity
Of our young love
Return to my mind, to my flesh.

We had what the others
All crave and seek for;
We left it behind at nineteen.

I feel ancient, as though I had
Lived many lives.

And may never now know
If I am a fool
Or have done what my
karma demands.


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Comments about December At Yase by Gary Snyder

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (5/16/2014 5:20:00 PM)

    Gary Amazing showcase of poetry, keep it up (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Shawn Greyling (7/31/2009 8:57:00 AM)

    It is as if a future version of myself wrote this poem. Gary Snyder, you are a mystic to me. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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