I Go Back To May (1937) – Sharon Olds: Into The Wild

Very interesting!

pocketful of poesy

This poem is featured in a film that never fails to inspire the poet in me. For me, Into The Wild is that one film that I can’t help but tell everyone I meet that they simply must watch it. Soon. The film references many great writers, from Byron to Thoreau, and is itself a true story not to be forgotten too quickly.

In the film, the protagonist, Chris, reads this poem to his sister with no subtleties about the fact that it reminds him of their own parents. The poem is beautiful and honest. Unfortunately, the first line of the poem is missing from the video I have included above, but you will find the full poem below.

I see them standing at the formal gates of their colleges,
I see my father strolling out
under the ochre sandstone arch, the
red tiles glinting like bent
plates of blood…

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