A DUSTY ROAD, a Poem



I met a bearded man on a dusty road

and asked him for directions

to a better place, a place where wonder

would be common as old jewelery in a drawer

dark but potent with beauty


He smiled within his walk

a steady pace

a fluid ceaseless motion

that declared no single place

was enough, that movement

alone produced adventure and truth


And how will you conduct yourself in this place

if I give it to you, a gift born of wonder itself?

I was not ready for this question

I had expected another


If you know not what to do

with the destination, he smiled,

you had better focus on the wonder

of your walking


My feet are magic enough.

For countless thousands of dusty miles

they have carried me from nowhere

to somewhere

looking with quiet lack of interest

for moments of brightness

in the potent dark


The trick is to keep the dust

swirling

behind you.



© clark cook

22 Sept 2012

Comments 12 comments

Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Much truth in your words, I have kicked up much dust in my wanderings along the paths of this life. My focus was never clearly directed in any direction, yet now it is. I have hope for my future. Magnificent words from a wise man you met on the road of your wanderings. Peace and blessings I send to you this day my poet.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi Clark: I enjoy your poetry and the analogies you use, like "the old jewelry in a drawer." I read your earlier poem today, too, and it said much of what i have been through lately.

Hope your health has improved?

Bob


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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

Vincent -- very pleased you enjoyed this little piece and that it resonated with some of your own experiences. do browse around --I'm going to visit you tomorow.

Bob -- thought you'd left us, or something awful! No Hubs from your prolific pen for a while. Excellent to "see" you again. How went the nuptials?


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. My "problem" (or motivator) was the dust.


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

I know I won't get a reply but this is a beautiful poem that is imbued with a view of wonder I have not seen in awhile, which is conveyed in your line "dark but potent with beauty." Interesting. Why the "but"? Curious.


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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

cynth -- of course you'll get a reply! Now, you're fond of saying you're neither poet nor critic--but your question has stopped me cold! The idea ds that the darkness of the drawer does nor hide the beauty. But why not "and" or even--this could be interesting!--"with"? I'm rethinking. Thank you!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Moonfroth - I always look forward to being taken by the hand through one of your journeys. This one did not disappoint.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

So many of us forever trudge through life looking for the future while ignoring the wonder around us. You have captured that loss. The old man even tried to help by mentioning the wonder of the walk. How many of us fail in that regard! Actually I like the word "but" concerning the jewels. It causes one to think of the potential that comes with if only. If only one took them from the drawer, if only one dusted them off, if only one held them up to the sunlight....

In any regard, it is a lovely poem and I shall seek wonder today in the eyes of my child, the wag of my dog's tail and the beauty of nature around me as I walk.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Hi Clark--I so love this piece --so beautifully crafted--are you writing anywhere else these days???


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Awesome Moonfroth, I just came back from the dust and can tell you that the poetry is alive in your words and out there. Jamie


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moonfroth 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

Audrey -- many thanks. I'm posting most of my new stuff on an invite-only Linkedin site called Metaphor: Open Poetic Discussion, to which YOU were invited, but I guess declined. And one of my poems was accepted for inclusion in THE POETIC BOND III, to be published Sept. 30, 2013

Jamie -- A GREAT pleasure to see you here. Thank you.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Hi Clark--I looked for the invitation and never found it actually--am looking for it now on the site

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