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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.

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

Modified by Locutus2999

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 812
Words 160
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 2

Discuss this Brian S Clifton poem with the community:

  • dougb.72572
    Europe doesn’t have much place for Gypsies; much respect. How sad. We need to be impacted by the simplicity and conviction of their journeys. We have possessions and square footage and titles. But truly they all have us by the carotid artery…Douglas Blair…I agree Brian that this is a five star gem. Write more. Write lots more. The perseverance is fueled by love, and Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13) 
    LikeReplyReport8 hours ago
  • teril
    To become a wanderer. To release the weight, the tethers, to become free in a world of connections and attachments. Really nice poem.
    LikeReplyReport 11 month ago


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