The Trail Ahead ~ A Poem by Roxy Whalley

Picture by Roxy Whalley

 

My story is on the trail,

I just don’t know the story yet.

The trail doesn’t know it yet,

but it is there,

waiting,

inevitable,

unavoidable.

The story waits to be told.

~

Will it be beauty,

Adventure,

Triumph,

Fear?

~

Even if I never moved,

This very section of trail I stand on will hold the story.

The story of heat,

thirst,

cold.

~

My body slowly sinking to the ground in weakness.

The wind drying my parched skin,

Tearing my clothes.

The various animals coming to investigate,

Then leaving.

~

My eyelashes fluttering open and meeting the gaze of a pica or elk.

The slow decomposition of body,

My soul escaping on the wind.

The bones stark against the bare trail,

Nibbled on,

Torn apart by coyotes.

~

Even that would be a story.

Inevitable,

Unavoidable,

Guaranteed.

The story of life,

Or death.

The trail awaits the tale.

By Roxy Whalley ~ written in 2009, completed in 2012

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3 responses to “The Trail Ahead ~ A Poem by Roxy Whalley

  1. This is an incredible poem – very deep. And a little scary. A

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  2. Oh my. What a profound and engaging poem. This is life and death, the inevitable demise of a soul by the hands of nature. Truly amazing. I loved it, dear.

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