On The Edge of My Map


On The Edge of My Map

My hike through this life
  has already covered miles of trails.
I've traveled some risky ridges
  and sood atop some prominent peaks;
exultant and joy filled over the victory
  as I gazed in wonder at the trail behind me.

Some places along the trail
  I hope to never travel again;
places where the valley was dark and long,
  hills that wore me down,
rivers I crossed and almost drowned,
  every obstacle making my backpack seem heavier.

When I started this trek,
  I did not know what to expect;
preparing my pack as best I knew how;
  included things I never need now
and didn't include things I never knew I'd need;
  each item weighted my burden until it injured me.

I now find myself on the edge of my map.
  What lies ahead is unknown land
and compass and map offer no plan.
  For this part of the journey I need a new map.
I'll unload some things from my pack
  and get one of those GPS units so I'll track
where in the world I am.

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Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

Weatherstone’s Poems (40)

Title Comments
Title Comments
The Other Side of Night 0
California Quail 0
Tired So Tired 1
Significance 1
The Critic of a Perfectionist
's Play
Help Me Define Reality 0
At War 0
Lost 1
On The Edge of My Map 0
The Devil In the Drink 0
Road of the Broken 3
Cry of the Curlew Bird 0
Ode To Desert Flower 2
Running the Risk 5
Wrestlers 3
For One Dim Light 3
Breathing Atmosphere 2
Spring 2
Dew On Death's Door 5
Hands of Time 2
A Parent's Joy 1
Fall Into Winter 1
My Heart's Flow -5
Sandy Seashore 1
Razor Blade Tongues 2
Mind's Eye 1
Travel 4
The Deepest Part of Me 1
September Tears 3
Descends the Darkness 1
Warm Friend 1
We Are Made 5
Creator's Way 1
Measure of Me 1
Dance Lessons 7
This Mountain 0
Mountain Conqueror 1
My Son 3
That Young Soldier 2
The Measure of Two Lives 1