Sunday, February 21, 2010

Naked Traveller



author’s note:

“You can’t use paper to wrap up fire.” - old Chinese proverb


NAKED TRAVELER

I think I understand
the aborigines
who--when done
with one place--burn
their village--burn
their clothes

then walk
into the morning sun
with only themselves
for comfort.

They know how to travel.
They know the purity of nakedness
is smiled upon
by those that guide us,
by those that wish us
pure.

The wisdom of their choice
lies in realizing when
a thing is done.  The wisdom
begins as a feeling that then
becomes a thought.  My best decisions
are the feelings I can not ignore.

I am the aborigine
that shifts through the ashes,
examines
a few bone fragments
and shards of jars
that once held life...

then brushes the dust from his knees
before continuing on
his journey to the horizon
through dry yellow grass that speaks
of the coming of spring, and caresses
his scarred thigh.

© 2010, Michael R. Patton

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