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Song of the Vagabond
by T. William Phillips
Friday, July 30, 2010
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O! you brave vagabonds, hair of wheat and clothes of wool
                                    Travelers of the night and day who sing songs of yearning
                        Soft-headed, with absorbing eyes of keen observation
            Lonely souls of tender virtue, lustful in unending quest
You wanted men of vagrancy, true of heart and rich in soul
                                    It is not your captivity the man wants, but your freedom he envies
                        Lift a finger for him, and invite him on your journey
            Offer him bread, and if you have none, offer him love
You elegant drifters, wide-eyed in awe of all you see, even if seen before
                                    You happy babes of perfect innocence, dreamers
                        Tender fingers, rough with delicacy and dirt in the nails
            Blanketed with hope, and warmed by a smiling golden sun
You dwellers of the earth, who make no beds in the morning
                                    Sleepers of the fruited plain, jagged mountain, and cracked desert
                        Faces caked with salt and dirt, a beautiful portrait indeed
            Skinny-bellied and fat-souled, good-hearted and never cold
You talented tramps, whose mothers are always worried
                                    Your voices speak a language of their own, a language lost
                        Swimmers of every ocean, river, and lake, wild yet serene
            Climbers of every mountain and hill, walkers of every plain and desert
You nomadic creatures of myth, unique in every tiny characteristic
                                    Whose scars are the stories that nourish society
                        Whose blood, whose pain, whose salty tears sustain mankind
            Whose beloved tales fill children with joyful dreams of lands afar
You willful wanderers, walkers of winding roads, forked and crossed
                                    Just as Natives followed the buffalo, you follow your hearts
                        Bold, unafraid, organic, one with nature, one with life, one with soul
            You are all of us and you are none of us. You are hope
You adamant adventurers, love in every step you take, kind to every eye yours meet
                                    Who exhale truth and integrity in every wet breath
                        Who not only taste the food, but the hands that prepared it
            Who dance to the symphony of the wind’s sacred song
O! you brave vagabonds, hair of wheat and clothes of wool
                                    Youthful and mature, reflecting eyes of constant wonder
                        Hardened and sensitive, a kiss for every stranger that you meet
            Soldiers of peace, no home at journey’s end
Loving Brothers of Humanity, travel well on your lonesome, happy trails


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T. William Phillips

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Reviewed by Z McClure 12/6/2011
An epic delight to all lovers of travel and adventure indeed!
Enjoyed this earthy, moving song poem,T!
Looking forward to more...
~ Z B McClure
Reviewed by The Poetess 12/24/2010
Absolutely Beautiful! I love it. This helps the vagabond part of me feel honored rather than the loathed I've grown accustomed to.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 9/7/2010
T. William, I Love Your "Song of the Vagabond"
This poetry offering is visual & so expressive
It Reads Out Loud Perfectly!!
Thank You For Sharing
& I am very pleased to read you

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Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 8/30/2010
"Who not only taste the food, but the hands that prepared it" and "O! you brave vagabonds, hair of wheat and clothes of wool Youthful and mature, reflecting eyes of constant wonder Hardened and sensitive, a kiss for every stranger that you meet," I love these lines. Filled with wonderful take us along for the ride.
Reviewed by jude forese 8/1/2010
quite a creative journey ... solid imagery melding nicely with tone and diction ...
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