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R. G. Bell

Rookie - 21 Points (6/15/52)

Home


Home lies that way, somewhere, through the fog,
Down a road I did not ask to be set upon
And most of whose forks were chosen for me
By others no less road-bound than I,
Who find their journey no more worthwhile.

I carry too much baggage, but search for more,
Wish for great tasks while failing small ones,
Pass many milestones, but make no progress.

How long it is to home I only guess.
I have not gone this way before and would not
Know it without the fog. I hope it isn't far,
But somehow begin to fear it is.

Still, distractions let me forget the road
And the Duties that keep me surely on it
Without seeking the shortcut through the woods.

Come, walk with me a while since our roads
Are joined as far as the fog will let us see:
A mile, a season, a lifetime, till our
Roads diverge, or one of us gets Home,
Finally through the mist, to the long, long rest.

Submitted: Friday, January 04, 2013

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  • Veteran Poet - 2,578 Points Achill Lad (9/29/2014 5:28:00 PM)

    The journey through life can be very trying, with all the trials and tribulations that test us. A very meaningful write. Enjoyed reading this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 136 Points Rekha Mandagere (7/21/2013 7:33:00 PM)

    Great sentiments and feelings. Where do you take us, to home or to a journey of oneself. thought provoking poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 421 Points Shahzia Batool (5/5/2013 11:30:00 PM)

    Road...is a usual symbol in the hands of symbolists and transcendentalists...symbolising the course of life! ! ! the consistency of symbols throughout the poem has made the work really beautiful and pleasing to read...

    my favorite lines:

    Come, walk with me a while since our roads
    Are joined as far as the fog will let us see:
    A mile, a season, a lifetime, till our
    Roads diverge, or one of us gets Home,
    Finally through the mist, to the long, long rest. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Luscious Larry (1/18/2013 1:27:00 PM)

    I gave it a ten, only because there wasn't an eleven. A bit sad and hopeful at the same time, and isn't that what it's all about? (I loved it) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 924 Points Smoky Hoss (1/4/2013 11:08:00 PM)

    I do love this poem, and the thoughts that accompany it; added to my favorites indeed. A great hope, so well stated. Bravo Gordon!
    Write more. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,963 Points Valerie Dohren (1/4/2013 5:34:00 PM)

    A lovely poem RG, we are all on a long road, often very foggy too, but hopefully to come out of the fog and arrive at our final destination. Excellent write. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,414 Points Dave Walker (1/4/2013 4:40:00 PM)

    A great poem, one day we will all find our
    way home. A great write.
    May I invite you to read my poem called,
    For Bartley Gorman King Of The Gypsies. (Report) Reply

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