Crossroads

Father and son fishermen, Fort Adams, Newport RI

Photo: author (2003)

I’ve been dealing with some personal issues the last day or so, so I’m throwing an older poem into the mix. I wrote this ten years ago according to the date in the notebook (October, 2003), which means it was one of the first I ever attempted. Coincidentally, I also took the accompanying photo in October, 2003.

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Crossroads

What’s left now

The deeds all done?

I could redo them

One by one

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Or turn away

And think again

Before tomorrow

Turns into then

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And begin to feel

Accept the sorrow

And the rage

I fight to swallow

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Dim the lights on

Revenge’s stage

And step beyond

That costly play

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Into a world

Where love surrounds

The faults of men

And grace abounds

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Abandon hate

And precious shame

To win my soul

Back again

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Write not of bitterness—

Leave untold

Any base story

That creates me unwhole

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And look within

To the morning

Of the heart’s

Incomparable glory

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Let time’s spring

Thaw nature’s art

And simple peace

Rejoin apart.

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©2013 Jason Anderson

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6 thoughts on “Crossroads

    • Thanks Kim! I saw your paper vs ‘puter post and kept meaning to go back to it…I use the computer mostly these days, but I still love pen and paper. There’s something reassuring about it, like it’s more “real” 🙂

      • I agree Jason. I find poems work better for me on paper. I tend to write words and then move them about, like they are trying to find their right home. Plus, I like that once they are on the paper, they can’t go anywhere! How many times I have deleted something and then wanted it back!

      • That’s interesting. I think I actually like the computer better for poems and screenplays since it’s so easy to move stuff around a lot. But it is easy to lose track of what you’ve done. For denser text, definitely paper. But in all cases, year, paper feels more permanent and more secure. Old school!

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