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June 8, 2006

poem: what do your answers mean?

by sven at 11:59 pm

collage: "What do your answers mean?" (two-page spread)

I don't think I've put any poetry up on Scarlet Letters yet... I wrote this one last night, inspired by Gretchin's Artist's Way Guided Intent event.

What do your answers mean?

is the hand that writes
"the end"
at the conclusion of a film

the movie would just go on and on
an endless series of questions
each leading to more questions...)

is the definitive answer that
concludes your quest to know
it is the inky dot that stops a sentence

we all turn to this endpoint
like pilgrims on our way to Mecca
Who are you?
What do you want to be?
open your mouth to reply and it's
a decision to take your own life

oh, there's pleasure and pride
in predestination
in holding the pen
making a mark on the map filled with dragons
and arriving at the place you set out for
the execution of a plan with a grand flourish
for everyone to remember

...But I think that I like
not knowing where I'm going

I want to break from the Eastward road
and run headlong into a dark forest
looking only the next few steps ahead
going in this direction
only because I know it makes me happy

maybe I am no one
just emptiness erasing itself
if I'm without ambition to pick the bronze statue
for my headstone

diving into the thick fog of unknowns
where all I can see is my own feet
full of questions
I have no name, only a direction

it thrills me

to live
to Live
is to embrace the unbeing
of becoming

June 7, 2006

posted by sven | June 8, 2006 11:59 PM | categories: artist's way, writing