New England Mind
My mind matches this understated land.
Outdoors the pencilled tree, the wind-carved
Indoors the constant fire, the careful thrift
Are facts that I accept and understand.
I have brought in red berries and green boughs—
Berries of black alder, boughs of pine.
They and the sunlight on them, both are mine.
I need no florist flowers in my house.
Having lived here the years that are my best,
I call it home. I am content to stay.
I have no bird's desire to fly away.
I envy neither north, east, south, nor west.
My outer world and inner make a pair.
But would the two be always of a kind?
Another latitude, another mind?
Or would I be New England anywhere?
Robert Francis: Collected Poems:
University of Massachusetts Press,
Reprinted by permission.