Sunday, October 09, 2016

Shopping in the Labyrinth



author's note:

I would like to add: if I'm shopping in a labyrinth, then we're shopping in a labyrinth.


SHOPPING IN THE LABYRINTH

My dreams confirm the message
of many myths and legends:

I'm traveling through a labyrinth.

However, in these dreams
the inner passageway
often resembles the halls
of your average shopping mall

with countless bright stores
vying for my attention:

offering me
every sort of thing
except it seems
that which I seek

and what might that be?--
well, I can't exactly say--
I only know I haven't yet found it
in any of those displays.

But I don't feel defeated--
no, not in the least:
I'm still eager to explore--to see
what waits next door down:

I like to imagine
I'm gathering valuable information
with the hungry claws
of my six senses--

taking in as many manifestations
as I can possibly tolerate:

puzzle pieces to be put together
though maybe not
until much later--
maybe if I keep shuffling the mad lot
the bits will finally fall
into a discernable pattern
and I'll find the design
that's been waiting for me
to perceive its glorious reality--

perhaps that's what
I seek in this labyrinth:
a vision of its totality!

A beautiful hope
but my solid reality is also lovely
as I'm driven by an innate desire
to see and feel and hear and know
what waits next door down.



© 2016, Michael R. Patton
Myth Steps: a poetry book

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