The Road Home

Joan Miró

Joan Miró

The road home
is longer than the road
takes one out into the world
The young see life’s landscapes
The old observe its land`marks
pausing at each passing cairn
as witnesses of the way
in remembrance

The past recalls
[it is after all its grace
as it is its unfortunate curse]
The rucksack full of experiences
is heavier than a stick & kerchief
holding a sandwich & apple
The old walk weighed`
down with life

The future teases
[it is after all its fortune
as it is its sad disappointment]
The lottery`ticket to success in life
is cheaper than the apprenticeship
developing confidence & skill
The young rush helter`
skelter thru life

The road home
is longer than the road
takes one out into the world
So do not grow impatient with me
I am on the road but have another
stop to make along the way
One more cairn to visit
in remembrance

“A little too abstract, a little too wise,
It is time for us to kiss the earth again,
It is time to let the leaves rain from the skies,
Let the rich life run to the roots again.” ~ Robinson Jeffers


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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2 Responses to The Road Home

  1. you somehow brought to mind feelings I used to experience when making the stations of the cross


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