Day 26 NaPoWriMo2019

The prompt for today is to use repetition. The villanelle and pantoum use it to great effect. However, I have written a couple villanelles already this month and the pantoum is not a favourite form. I am on the fly this morning as I have a workshop that I need to be out the door to in a little over an hour. Feeding and washing need to also get factored into that time. So I took the quotation that was the jumping off point by my poetry creative colleague Helen Shay. She used a translated quotation from the Anglo-Saxon Exeter Book. “How cruel is sorrow as a companion to one with few dear friends: the path of exile holds fast such a one.”

The Path of Exile

Hold fast to the path of exile,
you with few dear friends.
Keep moving
past your own solitude.
Past the ruined house
your grandfather built
for his new bride.

Hold fast to the path of exile.
Keep moving.
The past is just a blur of scenery,
a babel of white noise.
Take refuge in your solitude.
Expect no pity.
Hold your face up to the rain.

Hold fast to the path of exile.
Keep moving
past your own solitude,
you with few dear friends
and finding no mercy
for the ghosts that travel
with you along the path of exile.

Hold fast to the path of exile.
Keep moving
past the present. Place
one foot in front of the other.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Hold fast to the  path of exile.
One country is much like another
so long as you can still breathe.

You with few dear friends
hold fast to the path of exile.
Keep moving
with your cavalcade of ghosts
packed in your lone carrier bag
full of what was once a life
you had loved.     Let us walk together.

Copyright © 2019 Bee Smith. All rights reserved.

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