I write and publish my poetry first on Instagram. Then on Sundays, I post the poem that received the most likes or comments here on my blog. Below is my most popular Instagram poem this week, “The Journey”.
The Journey I A curve in the road. Fog coming down. Now all that can be seen ahead is the face of an unkempt hedgerow, and its ditch at your feet. This, after that hill that was nothing but up, and up and up, for miles, that left you, last evening, in the dusk, with the road all but falling away, one foot dangling in mid-air, dark swirling. Knots in your insides today, as you recall it. A close thing. And now this. This misted outcrop of foliage and furrow, cutting you off, sight unseen, in this lonely outpost, in these boots, leaning on this staff, unable to step forward. Yet nothing for it except to tread on. II You turn that corner, get beyond one curve, then another, and then, in what seems an instant, all is clear. Landscape opens out to reveal itself, a carpet of hillside and field below, and in the distance, the town, nestled in its valley, beside the sea. Ha! You laugh aloud. Yes. You see now how the road that brought you here has made you fit enough to climb its twists and turns as it took you up to this height where you can see all the routes: the streets and lanes and byways. Strong enough to choose the path you must take from here. Adept enough to know that it will carry you back, now, to where you need to go, deliver you down, gently, into what lies ahead.