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After Twenty Years 

(for J.)

Canning peaches
we talk about the past.
About women looking
for land of their own.
I say,
"I was thrilled to find this place
that had a view and a waterfall.
Just what I'd asked for."

She said,
"All I wanted
was to walk
through the woods
to my best friend's home."

My neighbor,
perhaps less ambitious,
is so much wiser
than me.

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