Happy Birthday, Gary Snyder

Today, May 8th, is the birthday of poet, environmental activist, and Zen Buddhist, Gary Snyder. He wrote a poem that reminds me of the fact that I will be 50 years old on May 10th.

Gary Snyder

Looking At Pictures To Be Put Away

Who was this girl
In her white night gown
Clutching a pair of jeans

On a foggy redwood deck.
She looks up at me tender,
Calm, surprised.

What will we remember
Bodies thick with food and lovers
After twenty years.

by Gary Snyder

I think I was that girl once.

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