A Path of Pathlessness

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Wind finds the northwest gap, fall comes.
Today, under gray cloud-scud and over gray
Wind-flicker of forest, in perfect formation, wild geese
Head for a land of warm water, the boom, the lead pellet.

Some crumple in air, fall. Some stagger, recover control,
Then take the last glide for a far glint of water. None
Knows what has happened. Now, today, watching
How tirelessly V upon V arrows the season’s logic.

Do I know my own story? At least, they know
When the hour comes for the great wind-beat. Sky-strider,
Star-strider–they rise, and the imperial utterance,
Which cries out for distance, quivers in the wheeling sky.

That much they know, and in their nature know
The path of pathlessness, with all the joy
Of destiny fulfilling its own name.
I have known time and distance, but not why I am here.

Path of logic, path of folly, all
The same–and I stand, my face lifted now skyward,
Hearing the high beat, my arms outstretched in the tingling
Process of transformation, and soon tough legs,

With folded feet, trail in the sounding vacuum of passage,
And my heart is impacted with a fierce impulse
To unwordable utterance–
Toward sunset, at a great height.
~Robert Penn Warren from “The Collected Poems”

 

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I wish I could be as sure
as the geese and swans flying noisy overhead~
they trust where they are led
is where they belong.

They may not make it there
but nevertheless they go.

I wish I might fly into the setting sun
on a path of pathlessness
knowing only that I am sent
because the call is stronger
than I am.

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2 thoughts on “A Path of Pathlessness

  1. So lovely, Emily, — everything.

    ‘Some crumple in air, fall. Some stagger, recover control….’ (W.P. Warren)

    So pleased to ‘meet’ this poet — I like what he has written here — just as I do so many of the poets whom I have met on your blog.

    ‘…they trust where they are led…because the call is stronger than I am.’ (E.P. Gibson)

    My faith tells me that for the weaker, unsure ones, their Creator will give them an extra surge of updraft to keep them from falling
    because He is all knowing of their ever faithful struggle to keep on going each time they falter and lose strength — especially when they see the end (the forever hope)
    of their journey nearly in sight….

    Like

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