Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mark Strand: Untitled ["A jouney continues"]

A journey continues until it stops
A journey that stops is no longer a journey
A journey loses things on its way
A journey passes through things, things pass through it
When a journey is over, it loses itself to a place
When a journey remembers, it begins a journal
Which is a new journey about an old journey
A journey over time is different from a journey into time
An actual journey is into the future
A reflective journey is into the past

A journey always begins in a place called Here
Pack your bags and imagine your journey
Unpack your bags and imagine your journey is done

If you're afraid of a journey, don't buy shoes

Untitled ["A journey continues"] by Mark Strand, from Chicken, Shadow, Moon & More. © Turtle Point Press, 2000.

Art credit: "Old Shoes," photograph by Vladimiras Nikonovas (originally color).

1 comment :

  1. I've kept a journal for 33 years. It largely chronicles a journal into myself. An interior journey requires very stout shoes. After a time your shoes are nearly worn out and you wonder if they will last.


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