512 - Oxford

I do not want Oxford any longer.
like Horace I opt for the country
and long rural hikes and feel stronger
at being delivered from pedantry

that curdles into ideology.
my wife wants the city however
with all her heart. my apology
for her loss is only a clever

exculpation and is inadequate.
she misses society of women
of her kind - whereas I want to quit
my British peers for good and feel summoned

back to New Zealand and authentic life.
was it Oxford I married or my wife.

Woodford Halse
2 June 2021