Dear Cynthia

"Nothing is new, we walk where others went
There's no vice now, but has its precedent."


XI xviii

Dear Cynthia, you promised me
before I came, a farm
nearby this coast, with fertile soil,
a stream, no frosts to harm
my tender vines, or lotus blooms--
you swore an easy post
would now be mine, with time to chase
what I pursue the most.

But here my home's a shotgun shack
infested with huge rats--
this farm's minute, its ground hard clay,
my stream's gone dry, and that's
the best of it-- ice storms in March
In summer, hurricanes--
and every day I lecture on
topoi our Muse distains.


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