Escape From The Lonely Planet ™

Quick set of imaginary holiday photos. Sorry for the slightly half-arsed entry today(another ‘you…you…you…’ poem when I’m not entirely sure who ‘you’ are), I have been reading a mixture of Rumi and Larkin, which seems to fit this quite well. You could see this as a sort of follow up to yesterday’s post – the view that if you go out with goals, you’ll miss the importance of the journey, the faces on the train and the things you can learn from those who feel compelled to interrupt your crusade. People write expletives on toilet walls for the same reasons people sit on top of poles.


You scaled a dozen wailing walls

And screamed along with chariots.

You placed the leaves upon your tongue

And scraped the incense from your nails.


You spent a yearning winter

In a sanctuary filled with twisting

Hands and sores and grinding hope;

Something for the C.V.


You kneeled in mock pretending prayer

Watching dust climb up rough silks.

You fed the dome-headed child again, his

Nails scraping your white palms.


You washed your laddered tights

In rivers churned with backbones that

Rose up from the wetter faith

And dried there, on the baking sand.


You rinsed your travel razor

At lotus feet, transfigured stone.

Dragging over aching calves

Lest the tea man comes this way again.


(I wracked my soles in frankincense, even

Crushed petals on my chin,

Piled golden earth upon my face to

Claim I did not know you.)


You returned with photographs

And a well-padded resumé.

I returned with prospects that I

May one day go alone.

About Benjamin Norris

Published writer of short stories, long stories, poems. Well received art critic and cultural commentator for Berlin magazines. Collaborator with operatic societies. Co-writer of fictional historic psycholinguistic journals. Lecturer of architecture and art history at a Budapest University. View all posts by Benjamin Norris

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