I had believed I was better,
Oh so much better,
But I failed to spot -
All around me -
The sliding alliances,
The glances, small-significant words;
The quiet ironies, turning tides,
Altered smiles, sundowner trails
Of those giddy, head-turn days.
They drift and sing, so obvious now,
Across the years: those
Boundaries that know no wires.
Believed I was better,
So much better …
I was wrong.