there are no trackless wastes

July 9, 2013

someone has been here before.
maybe not right here, in this exact spot
but near enough to see these sights.
so many…
traveling where they never wanted to go.

some have given up here.
laid down and not gotten up again.
others have pushed on
along the endless flats
up the next ridge; through the next valley.
most who have been here
thought they couldn’t go on.
and then…
…did anyway.

everyday people push through.
when one doesn’t see the evidence of those who passed before
that’s because it’s not the time to look for it.
head down, jaw set, dragging forward
just trying to make it.
this is not criticism.
the journey consumes
exhaustion overwhelms;
often enough, one sees traces but
that knowledge: whether others have made it or not,
is not helpful.
it does not matter.

though there can be help along the way.
invaluable allies often overlooked
who sojourn into sadness
as far as they are able
to understand, to absorb
to quietly carry.
to mourn with those who mourn…
such good people.
thank you.

still it is a lonely journey.
no travel guide
no destination
no time frame
no imagining joy
just what appears to be endless sensless wandering.
bless those on the road
bless those who go it alone
bless those weeping in the wastes.

everyday someone makes an impossible passage;
today it is us.

the title and first draft
were written Sept. 26, 2012
in mourning and in good company.

2 Responses to “there are no trackless wastes”

  1. Jim Reppart Says:

    This is so TRUE and so FELT.

  2. Lindsey Says:

    I wanted to make a pun about how there are no wasted tracts, but I couldn’t make sense out of it. I’ll leave the word wizardry to you tonight and say: I’m proud you’re all still trudging forward, and I pray the road gets easier.

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