Journey to the West (in honor of Herman Hesse)

October 3, 2008 at 5:09 pm Leave a comment

Journey to the West

this sightly, seemly road


set out upon: at times


bewitching, at others merely

a dull trudging, day

to similar day, no new thing done nor mountain known,

one unrefreshed, thirsting

for some unnameable liquid. (let us state, for the

record, that Lamb’s blood and milk left only that


at times, to the side

of our path,

or before, we can see


vague intimations of some goal, or ending-place.

…Shapes that sway

in the fog of a moonless night; peripheral phantoms,

never quite visible, straight on.

At times i think the journey means more than its end.

Without this shifting, dimly-seen path–where would we




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