The Sojourner

The Sojourner

What ordeal had he endured that threw him

into solitude and made him a sojourner?

Was it the memories of lost lovers, their faded lilt

echoing against the butter walls of cold sandstone quarries

in the memorials of his distant homeland?


Perhaps a frightened memory of walking weed-choked

paths leading reluctantly to an ancient ruined abbey

where black twisting branches scatter through high stone survivors

of royal outrage - and blank-faced Sanctuary windows once flamed

an altar with brilliant meaning. No trace remains to mock false promises.


The sojourner regards the fields of failure and moves on. Instantly,

he kicks at something buried in the drying earth; rock or treasure, neither

will divert his focused eyes from what lies beyond. A place of

compromise between himself and otherself; one an invitation to flee,

the other to lie in grace, listening to the life-song of treed cicadas.


The traveller now is on his way. Not curious to turn new corners,

he has no truck with the lean excuses of times locked up

in dried out reed-beds hiding their acidic tragedies deep within the bog,

frozen when no ice remains above. Instead, he treads carefully on

while counting the hours before he will rest, asleep upon new ground.


Chris Hubbard


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Chris Hubbard

Sat 22nd Dec 2018 09:54

Thank you, poemagraphic,

I enjoyed opening out the vision of this poem - until it got away from me.


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Sat 22nd Dec 2018 08:24

What a journey Chris

Very descriptive enjoyable sojourn


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