Seven Years, part 3: To See

by Richard Vince

Change is something we do not measure,
But see as a dichotomy, forgetting that
It is gradual, piecemeal; constant.

I went to the pub because I wanted
To think deliberately; to unclutter
My heart and mind. Seven years ago,
I went to the pub because I wanted
To make new friends, and to embrace
The new life I had just begun.

As I began to think of who has
Changed and who has not,
I realised that we all have, but
None of us completely.

It would be easy to assume that
I have not changed, but I have
Not merely sat here for all this time:
I have been to a great many places
On my way here, and I will go
To many more after I walk away.

All I wanted to do was
See what else has changed
While I’ve been away.


Posted on 10/12/2010
Copyright © 2022 Richard Vince

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by V. Blake on 10/12/10 at 07:36 PM

You can never go home again, eh Richard? I'm gonna have to look into the other two parts after this one. Nice write.

Posted by Anita Mac on 10/12/10 at 08:05 PM

I always find there to be something so melancholy about this acceptance. But really, in the end, what else is there to do? Your rhythm is a little different, which seems fitting given the subject at hand. This is wonderfully written.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 10/13/10 at 04:22 PM

The last three lines are the ones that hit me the hardest. They almost read like an introduction to whatever you might write next. Great stuff.

Posted by Amy Niggel on 10/27/10 at 05:48 PM

This reads like the opening to a novel or at least a short story. Well done as usual!

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