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
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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.

2 comments:

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.