Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Wilderness Settlement



Lost alone in vast wilderness
blasting winds casting me past
one withered trunk
looking like the last withered trunk
another or the same
barely discernible in blizzard blindness –

yes, I remember that
it was all that bad,
that bad
and more
do you remember?

till we beat our fists and howled
curses against any surface
withered trunk
frozen ground
our own skulls
available to take
the pounding of our helpless rage –

how we found one another
sheer dumb luck
on that cold frontier
through vast blasting unknown
stumbled
one to the next
grabbed hold of the next
clung together
do you remember?

to form a colony was bliss
the occasional dispute inevitable
but together
never again alone
our survival depended
one to the next
on the comforting compromise
of
settlement.

(for my comrades in illness)

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