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I have recently had the song: ‘After the Gold Rush’, by Neil Young going round in my head. The words create haunting images and would stand as a poem without the tune.

So I decided to try a poem that followed the form and meter of the songs and would have some of the enigma of the original

Here it is.

Well I dreamed I was between two lifetimes With a chance to view what I had been I was looking for a justification For the replay that I had just seen There were some deeds I bitterly regret And I felt that I would cry Wishing for a chance to clean the slate Be forgiven for them bye and bye There are days when I see things more clearly When the Earth takes on a brighter hue Every object in its right existence No necessity to change the view What comes to pass Needs no rearrange No missed chances for which I sigh It has been an interesting experience I’d accept I might live or die I was sitting in a railway station Wondering if I should take a train Looking up to see a destination Should I leave or should I remain There was a voice On the intercom That reminded me: when I arrive I would have no recall where I’d come from I’d begin upon a brand new life ... Begin upon a brand new life

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Date: 7/1/2020 12:02:00 PM
Excellent Geoffrey. I have a single of this song sung by a group called Prelude but love Neil Young's original version. Your poem has been very cleverly put together and makes for a great read. Cheers :) Gary
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Date: 7/1/2020 1:05:00 PM
Thank you very much for your comment, Gary. My favourite version is also the Prelude one.