Did hermits ever live there

Saint Petersburg

Or near Nashville

I guess when the Czarina

Or Old Hickory

Wanted to live like hermits, each


To their respective place


Places that

Are museums now

And we can’t go there by ourselves


We’ll not have that feeling there

Of away and art

And loneliness

As we might live

Intentionally apart

For a time


Maybe, then

A hermitage in practice

Somewhere in one set or another

From which we return

To what the world has in mind for us

And we, you know,

For it


C L Couch



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