Sunday, December 9, 2012

Geography of Sand (Poem)

Geography of Sand

You were clear you'd be taking
off. You'd graphed the eddies

of comings and goings, plotted
borders both shifting and not,

marked out where traveling
together longer would have to be

reckoned with whorls on your passport:
starting anywhere meant returning

always to the same indelible spot.
You opted for moving ahead, fixing

us in place but leaving yourself space
enough to manipulate the geography

of sand. Map redrawn, you gave no
mind to the notion of single best route,

so much wanting still to be explored.

© 2012 Maureen E. Doallas
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This poem responds to today's photo prompt at Tess Kincaid's Magpie Tales. Go here to see the image, read other poets' or prose writers' contributions, and to leave a link to your own response.

13 comments:

Kathe W. said...

this is so lovely

Catfish Tales said...

Actions of a true traveller: "fixing

us in place but leaving yourself space
enough to manipulate the geography

of sand...". Love that line. And yet I denote a hint of manipulation on that other's part. :)

Jinksy said...

A poem for the thinkers, and no mistake - loved the last line with its inbuilt sense of longing for things to come...

Berowne said...

With slight nuances of melancholy...

jen revved said...

A beautiful, moving poem, Maureen. All of it memorable; such a strong center here:

You opted for moving ahead, fixing

us in place but leaving yourself space
enough to manipulate the geography

of sand.


indeed...xxxxj

Michael said...

the flow of this poem has the unmistakable quality that i so greatly wish to find.

Laurie Kolp said...

This is so beautifully written, vivid.

Carrie Burtt said...

A beautiful exploration indeed. This is lovely Maureen!

Elisabeth Kinsey said...

Very unique perspective and theme of travel laced throughout with images and unique word choice. Love to travel and read about it in poetry.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Lovely poem of the joys and perils of exploration.

Anna :o]

Kelvin S.M. said...

..yes, a never ending exploration... smiles...

numerounity said...

This is quite lovely and strange enough I found it bit mystical too! Good one..

Sara McNulty said...

Wonderful road signs, Maureen!