[PW] Trying to find poem for library patron

Joyce Deming Joyce.Deming at JeffcoLibrary.org
Sat Sep 18 11:35:00 PDT 2021


I have an elderly library patron who is trying to recreate a collection of poems that were destroyed in a fire.  This is what she gave me to work with:

The poem maybe part of a larger work dealing with the Ozarks.   She thinks the title of the poem she is looking for is "Backwater."
Its about two friends sailing on a river or pond & fishing; one of the friends start musing about nature, the nature of man, knowing the soul/heart of another.
Some lines she remembers:
"and the impossible the soul longs after; is to build bridges there where none may build"
"which of us has looked into the heart of his brother"
"nature is more fair"
"the unwielding hour unwilling to teach us"

I am working remotely so don't have access to any print poetry anthologies right now.  I'm also in a public library so don't have access to any university online poetry databases.  Google is just not coming up with anything.  Thanks so much for your help!!!

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