Direction

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    Direction

    by Tom King © 2011

    Did you hear tomorrow on the wind?
    I did, just then, a whisper like leaves rustling
    Expectantly, waiting for me to catch up;
    Tomorrow runs ahead, a puppy chasing frisbees.
    Romping off across the meadow in roughly the direction
    Of my errant lead, bending the blades of grass
    Without breaking them or leaving tracks behind.

    Did you see today when it sneaked in early?
    It startled me; bumped me out of bed.
    Slothfully lying in late without a doctor's note,
    Today drags me hour to hour to hour;
    Relentless, one foot before the other weaving
    Back and forth between the sun, its rise and fall,
    Tracing the tracks I leave in the dirt.

    Do you feel yesterday watching you from the bushes?
    There's this feeling you get on the back of your neck,
    Prickly, warm like you forgot something you needed.
    Yesterday dogs your heels, catches up from time to time
    Poking you on occasion, making you think
    About the ruts you made back down the road; nagging.
    Should you be going this way at all?

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    Sali commented on Direction

    02-13-2012

    I love the personification and alliteration of the three phases of time...I can definitely relate. WELL DONE!

    hannahxP commented on Direction

    12-31-2011

    this poem is truly great. very descriptive and flowing=] i liked it a lot.

    Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

    Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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