Richard St. Clair
I've waited. Now,
I ask you, how
can I begin the journey back
when hardly have I found the knack
for keeping on a forward tack?
To soothe my pain, to grieve, yet celebrate
my life seems like a trap to deprecate
myself again, to wallow in a state
of vain self-education, to debate
against what feels to be
the only way for me
to find recovery
from what took years
to fill my tears
Richard St. Clair leads a double life as a poet and a serious classical composer of over 120 works. He writes formal rhymed-metric poetry as well as freer forms. He has published his tanka in Bright Stars and Atlas Poetica, and his haiku and renku have appeared in Frogpond and elsewhere. He lives in Massachusetts.