Poetry Friday Submission: Kunitz

I’m in with “The Layers” by Stanley Kunitz, who was Georgia Heard’s beloved Poetry Professor at Columbia. (For additional doses of Poetry Friday Poems, point your browser to Semicolon.)

The Layers
by Stanley Kunitz

I have walked through many lives,

some of them my own,

and I am not who I was,

though some principle of being

abides, from which I struggle

not to stray.

When I look behind,

as I am compelled to look

before I can gather strength

to proceed on my journey,

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