Finding Now

Finding Now

Well, yes ­– exactly – that is the problem.

All travelers experience it

at each step on the Way. Is it

here, there, up, down,

backwards, forwards, all around,

or somewhere else? How are we to know,

if it doesn’t tell us so?

We all have our maps, but they are the

artifacts rubbing our noses in it.

My worn map I drew myself. I traced

a line from Birchman Street in Fort Worth

through dark caves as a Boy Scout, to Saigon

(and flowing dresses) to Ubon and

Thailand’s temples to Third Street in Denton –

a college town – to Dallas (there’s the dead president)

to Arlington to Thailand again and Laddawan – to Denton

(the college town again) to Waco – a crazy town –

to Alpine and the airy Big Bend where I met and lost

so many friends, to here and now in Chiang Mai.

Ok, just breathe deep and let go.

That’s as close as I can get to it.

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3 Comments on “Finding Now”

  1. Jerry Hamric says:

    I love this poem. I’m back working at the Writing Center at University of Houston Clear Lake. Being here makes me think of you.

    Jerry Hamric

    “It is far more desirable to be guided by hope than driven by fear.”

    Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 02:02:03 +0000 To: jerryehamric@hotmail.com

  2. tiramit says:

    No, I think you’re there, you found it.
    Nice one!

  3. robertcrosby says:

    Beautiful fragrance in the still air-

    Thanks for sharing.


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