Walking the Path

July 20, 2011
I see the faces
Far away in the mists
As I walk down the long road

Faces that I had loved
Faces I had despised

They all returned
As I journeyed along
The ancient walkway

Always changing
One moment, it was
The great Appian Way
Faint cheering beckoned
Just beyond perception

The next moment,
A lonely country road
Packed dirt by the passing of feet
Fireflies flitting here and there

I could hear a woman calling me
Saying that it was time for dinner
Bidding me to stray from the path

But I knew that my home
My new home
Lay ahead, not beside

So I trudged forward
As the path turned
Into a sun-baked dune
The heat beating with every step

And then into an Arctic mountain pass
The sleet digging into the skin
Of my face, my hands

But I moved forward
The temptations and punishments
Ignored and cast aside

Past treasures of jewels
Past snarling beasts
Beyond my sister, beheaded with a sword
Beyond libraries filled with millions of books

Knowing that, if I continued
I would achieve oneness
I would be one with anything

I would be a part
Of the Higher Being
Be it He, She, or It

And when I decided
To return,
I would walk the path once more

Perhaps to be the child
O a poor, happy musician
Or a troubled millionare
It would make no difference

The possibilities limitless
Stretched out before me

So I walk the path
Beyond the faces I have known
And on to those I am yet to see

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beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm
I do admire your use of the road as a symbol for the reader to communicate with---but this poem is vaguely reminding me of Siddhartha and his journey to achieve spiritual oneness. Is that your intent with this poem?
Philosophication This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm
Yes, that was kind of what I was going for. In truth, however, I have not read Siddhartha, so any similarities are coincidental. Thanks for the comment :)
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