Dueling Romantics

Some ways from El Paso,

            bound to Tucson

‘Julian and Maddalo’ reads

            about the same as when

Mid-twenties in that Athens graveyard—

Brandon not yet spirit in Phoenix—

O Shelley’s maniac hit

            that close to home

Still, not far from where

He used to pass & passed on. . .

had I the guts to live like I now do,

            then, seems I might have

Listened closer—

            maturity to youth. . .