Saturday, March 17, 2012

Going Your Own Way (Poem)

© Christine Valters Paintner, In Praise of Detours
Used With Permission

Going Your Own Way

Imagine every rock
set down a burden

lifted, every stone
a counter-weight

to what's denied.
Expect no straight

and narrow path
where you might

veer, no steps clear
-cut to urge you 

fast along some way
where light leaves

no thing to its chance.
What gap is there

is yours to find and fill.

© 2012 Maureen E. Doallas

This is my response to Christine Valters Paintner's Invitation to Poetry: In Praise of Detours for which the image above was offered as a prompt. 

If you're inclined to accept today's Invitation to Poetry at Abbey of the Arts, go here to read the instructions and submit your poem or a link. On March 25, a random drawing will be held and a lucky participant will have the opportunity to select one of Christine's many wonderful books.


nance marie said...

time to turn aside
from the smooth ride
let the highway
eat my dirt

R.H. Mustard said...

I like the seeming simple metaphor, presented in your usual clear language, that is, of course, not so simple at all.