Going West

Joan Miró     tate.org.uk

Joan Miró        tate.org.uk

We are not those
who fly into the sun
seeking our fortunes
among sky`scrapers
built by tycoons

in concrete cities
segmented by canals
filled with foul water
fed by the fountains
of legal corruption

No we are those
following the moon
in the crafts of words
from island to island
built by the poets

in the tall shadows
of most ancient trees
older than civilizations
Our stars reflections
on the deep waters

Ours is a setting sun
The straight deep keel
that resists north`winds
Alone but never lonely
at ease in wilderness

“He will go west
and west again
striking out on his own
in open water.
Sewing the surface,
one quarter man
three quarters verb,
fitting his turbulence
to the undertow.” ~ Robin Robertson


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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11 Responses to Going West

  1. Love the juxtaposing sky scrapers and tall shadows; the latter hugging the earth but much more elusive.

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    • elusive, perhaps, but nonetheless ever present among us . . . Curious how some will chose captivity for gold when they might have freedom as a gift . . .


      • Okay, maybe not elusive, but less tangible, less ‘material’, and certainly a good symbol for “freedom as a gift.” But so many among us want to literally touch our gold, so to live among the shadows of ancient trees is much more difficult in our world.

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  2. justinfenech says:

    Love the Miro picture!


  3. Mish says:

    This is wonderful. I like the voice, the rhythm and the message. Nicely done, Peter. :)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Thoreau would applaud enthusiastically -as do I


  5. “No we are those / following the moon” is a captivating notion.


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