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  Compass Free
by Odin Roark
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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What kind of thoughts might the aged writer have at life’s end?


 

Compass Free

Beyond this moment
so flows the present
against life's shoreline

sweltering in the sun
crouched on calloused travel
words hover over paper's anxious direction
pen needles the worn language
seen through cataract's opacity

linguistic currents
like layered tongues
savoring word upon word
suddenly lurch across the page
thirsting for shade
even as a belligerent sun
tenders blistered lips
burning one's last utterance

this hesitant pause stretches
allowing sweat's cooling release
as final decay takes remedy
upon yesterday's blood and heroes

here

where ancestral sand and salt
soothes wounds
embraces quest's end
circuitous relay takes final rest
awaits tide's natural carrion

soon

made adrift
time's flaming arrow
arcs its tribute
inviting
pen
paper
heart and mind
burn as one
into the next journey

compass free

 

 




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Reviewed by richard cederberg 2/25/2012
"cataract's opacity" ... describes, (IMO) the physical process of aging, and the process of decreased creative insight quite well. "Into the next journey, compass free" Seems a deep groaning for creative freedom beyond the confines of an aging body. A pensive, intelligent, insight you've called forth here, Odin. peace to you ... richard

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