Crossing an ocean counter to the sun
has brought me forward both in space and time:
my home was long ago and far away.
From my person then and there (O frantic soul),
this journey takes me farther every day
and settles me more nearly in my rhyme.
I found it wasn’t hard to bid farewell
to places I knew I’d one day see again,
but here each sight is rich, unique and brief;
I want to linger and yet race to the next.
This will be a goodbye full of grief.