Analysis of Cherish the Wanderer

Brian S Clifton 1975 (Loveland)



There is always someone
who looks down upon
the wandering gypsy
who visits only briefly,
leaving behind memories
and dream catchers.

There will also be those
who’ll say they pity
the old souls, the vagabond
everyone calls uncle
who has yarns by the armful
just waiting to be spun.

Such people, truth be told
they envy the courage
it takes to exist betwixt folds
'til exiting through holes
in the emperor's new clothes
made of things material.

The same material cloth
we are all cut from
and still wear in bondage.
While those untethered
are soon gone with the wind
wherever it takes them.

Whatever the weather brings
a breeze only lingers
for the briefest of moments.
Living life moving on
holding the world on a string
not holding on to regret.

And our world is better for it,
so cherish the wanderer.


Scheme ABCCXD XCEFFA XXXXXF XXXEXX XDXBXX XX
Poetic Form
Metre 1111 11101 010010 1101010 1001100 0110 111011 11110 0110100 10110 111101 110111 110111 110010 11101011 110011 0010011 1110100 0101001 11111 011010 111 111101 010111 100101 011010 1010110 101101 1001101 1101101 010111011 1100100
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 812
Words 160
Sentences 8
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 2
Lines Amount 32
Letters per line (avg) 20
Words per line (avg) 4
Letters per stanza (avg) 108
Words per stanza (avg) 24

About this poem

As someone enslaved by their passion, I've always been envious of those with the passion to wander.

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Written on December 17, 2022

Submitted by Locutus2999 on December 17, 2022

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