Out Beyond the Wall

My thanks again to Jenny Matlock’s Saturday Centus, this prompt was way too good to resist…

This wall was built long ago…
Too much life for the straight and narrow way,
Great and crashing waves of existence,
Too strong for the emerging mind of man.
 
And so a wall was built deep and high
To keep out the night of unconsciousness,
To hold back the forgotten dread,
That sneaks  in through quiet times
To take us unawares,
Or breaks over ramparts,
And soak us in the icy brine of prehistoric life.
 
What am I, who am I and what does the wall hold back? we might ask,
It protects us from too much life,
It contains the other side we cannot abide,
But now like all good adventurers I must go out,
Out beyond the wall,
Into the camp of night , into winter’s shadowy grip,
And bring back that jewel of the hidden north,
Bring back myself: whole and full.
 
Pray that I return-
Pray that The Wall lets me pass,
Back to warmth and comforts of the mundane…
Or on moonlit nights look out for me;
A knot of night in the passing gloom,
Forever calling you…
Out beyond the wall.
 
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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kshawnedgar
    Jun 12, 2011 @ 16:34:11

    This would make a good movie. To take us unawares! A small, isolated culture sends a small group of their bravest out into the unknown….

    Reply

  2. Mr.memo
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 04:35:30

    its always scary when you are crossing from one stage (in which people are taking care of you) to another stage ( where you have to strive for living)…
    good poem buddy

    Reply

  3. carefreewanderer
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 08:00:54

    Walls are made to be jumped over, or demolished or to be crossed over. Yet walls really are necessary at times. Lovely imagery here. Frequent visits across these walls are crucial for us writers to bring back precious pearls indeed. Enjoyed the read!

    Reply

  4. Donna Swanson
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 13:06:04

    I love your poetry. It has a rhythm that draws the reader along with you, dipping and swaying and wondering.

    Reply

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