Suddenly, I see ...

by Gregory Orr ’72SOA
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Suddenly, I see I’ve
Read it too many times —
That poem I love.

Lines I recited for years,
Thinking them a path
I joyfully followed —

Today, they seem a rut
I’ve worn deep as a ditch
With my dutiful feet.

Time to find another:
A new route by which
To reach the beloved.

—  Gregory Orr

Gregory Orr ’72SOA is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including
River Inside the River, published in 2013. He is professor of English at the University of Virginia.

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