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Poem: "The Map to Crossroads"
This poem was written during the May 5, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted by asakiyume and sponsored by janetmiles. This poem connects to several others written about "travel and exploration" this month, and you may recognize hints of them in the verses below. Also, this is the second poem this month that was sponsored later ... good poetry is like peanut butter, it sticks to the roof of your mouth. That always makes a writer feel good.

The Map to Crossroads

There is a place where all paths meet,
deep in the realm of dreams,
a place known and loved
by travelers of every land and age.

There they can rest from their wandering,
sit by the fire with friends they’ve never met,
and tell tales of secret roads they’ve walked.

Here the bird is free of the cage
and colored feathers flicker in the firelight.
Here the men of the river-city
sit with the sisters of the mist.
Here the sea-sailor and the star-sailor
share a mug of nut-brown ale
with a bard who fingers her harpstrings
while muttering under her breath.

This is the campground
that lies beyond the shores of night,
the turning point of all journeys,
and the only map you need
to find your way to the Crossroads
is the soul of an explorer.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: May 29th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thank you! I'm so glad I decided to sponsor this one, even late.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 29th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)


I'm glad you like it. Late is okay. It's nice to get a good lump sum right after the fishbowl, so I have an idea how well I did that month; but it's also nice to get unexpected money later in the month when we have no regular prospects of income.
jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: May 29th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
This would work really well in a children's collection, I think.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 29th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I have written a few poems particularly for children, too.
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