another way

I’d drive them out of the city

sensation seeking students

& sometimes aspiring ne’er do wells

who the city wanted put straight

driving out to nature

where I’d walk them down a trail

to a full green valley bowl

scatter them off to disperse

find a spot by themselves

just sit for a while

four hours maybe five

until they heard the come here whistle

& some would come back too soon

unable to be alone

to be set back off again go complete

& at the end of the exercise

some would complain

of the tedium boredom isolation

the long dragging day

others would say felt like minutes

& the long drive home

was full of silence as the experience

of no phones no tv no people

just sitting by themselves

settled into their bones

now they knew

there was another way

love in a battle zone

the midge flies

will be speckling the basin again now

I cleared them so’s I could shave

in that grey off white porcelain bowl

not fussed at all & remembering

Herbert said: you do what the circumstances

around you demand

& this was an outside toilet block

set in the boiling sun

only a few trees for screening

the water was hot as I stared deep

right into that mottled mirror

& I wanted the beautiful woman

to love me long whispering in my ears

as we would rock into the hot night

but first this stubble that raked her cheeks

she hated with a passion I wanted more

then a shower

& later we will see

what the night brings