A simpler life

  Interstate 90 approaching Chicopee, Mass., exit.

Interstate 90 approaching Chicopee, Mass., exit.


"Now I will abandon the route of my life
as my shadowy wives abandon me, taking my children.
I will stop. I will park in a summer street
where the days tick like metal in the stillness.
Then I will rent the room over Bert's Modern Barbershop
where the TO LET sign leans in the plateglass window;
or I will buy the brown BUNGALOW FOR SALE.

I will work forty hours a week clerking at the paintstore.
On Fridays I will cash my paycheck at Six Rivers Bank
and stop at Harvey's Market and talk with Harvey.''

-- From New Hampshire-based poet Donald Hall's "Mr Wakefield on Interstate 90''.