When we hitchhiked just past midnight Aiming for Orillia by dawn, the Still-life sights along Lake Couchiching Seemed unreachable, by far. We were 20 and 26 respectively, each had agendas the other Longed for. I, a reprise to my grand escape when Only 15; you, a means to find peace through My dogged adventure. We managed rides In the middle of the night while standing illegally On off-ramps to my private Babelmania, rides from Total strangers we would never see again, to a land Where time had been sown to seed haphazardly. Geneva Park lay under a brilliant mist that summer Morning— our disco attire entirely amiss by daylight. We fed and lounged as I gave you the glory tour, as I retraced precocious steps, hardly able, incapable of Touching dismissive time, an era gone asunder. As I stood on its consecrated grounds, terrain that Had conferred upon me identity, big “I”, little “d”, (A measure of Id destroyed by too much ego), I understood then the boy who had launched from There. Not yet a man touched so much by pain As by youthful sorrows that had come too Close to drowning me, Icarus rebound. By noon, the artifice of our stay had swollen into artifacts, Memories ready to be folded away origami-style, Mini treasure maps for the lost & found soul, Should the going get rough; turbulence Brought on by unintended consequences.
About the Poet:
Tobias Maxwell is the author of two novels, Thomas (semi-finalist Lambda Awards 2003) and The Sex and Dope Show Saga; a novella, And Baby Makes Two, three memoirs, 1973—Early Applause, 1977—The Year of Leaving Monsieur and 1983—The Unknown Season; and a poetry collection, Homogium. His short story, The Appointment, was in the fall 2018 issue of Worlds Magazine available online.
His articles have appeared in Balita and Mom…Guess What newspapers, LA Edge, Art & Understanding, New Century and The California Therapist magazines. His one-act play, The Mary Play, was republished in 2014 by Black Lawrence Press in Art & Understanding: Literature from the First Twenty Years of A&U.