Voices of the Wandering

Voices of the Wandering
(After T.S. Eliot)

… “We shall not cease from exploration…”

Off on the timid Thames we
Found frail voices that shall
Call us to cease
Or come away from…
Our endless exploration.

Because they whip and
Worship the lands the
Distant end
Of things of
Ways of knowing all
That we thought our
Crying and exploring
Ultimately will
Lead to a state where we be

Like paintings to
Gods that arrive
And speak about where
They say that we
Got it all started…

Yes, we fell and
Now seem to know
That the
Greatness of a place
Is that it sings out for
Old dirt and the
Time we first
Came out to find… time.

13 thoughts on “Voices of the Wandering

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) May 5, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    I love how you used the shovel to expand. Life is an endless exploration, and I don’t think we can ever cease.


  2. whimsygizmo May 5, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    You had me on this first line:
    “Off on the timid Thames we
    Found frail voices” — just so beautiful.
    Great golden shovel here, using the original poem as bones for new skin. Love that.


  3. Mary May 5, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    You were really inspired by the form! Admittedly I am struggling with the meaning, but that’s okay. I enjoyed what you did with the T.S. Eliot lines.


  4. Bodhirose May 5, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I love your last stanza. Sometimes, in those great places you can hear it singing out. Great tribute to those places and the ones who travel there.


  5. kanzensakura May 6, 2016 / 1:22 am

    I love how you took this lesser known poem and gave it new life – putting the light cloth over the light pieces of wood and then saling it into the sky. The timid Thames…as always incredible line breaks and alliteration. Excellent work.


  6. kim881 May 6, 2016 / 11:07 am

    What a great phrase: ‘the
    Greatness of a place
    Is that it sings out for
    Old dirt ‘


  7. lillian May 6, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    I am so taken by the last stanza!


  8. Patti May 6, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    I sense this references a bit of history, but I admit I’m not sure what it is. i really like the last stanza, though.


  9. PSC May 10, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Nice! I like how smoothly these short lines flow. And, “like paintings to Gods…” Yup, nice!


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