Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Whose Camel Sandals Are these?


The feet of a pilgrim, steady as it might seem,
Can weave on sands, lost and directionless,
Made dusty by the desert storms

They too, like the broken compass,
Remind us all of what used to be;

In a desert, I saw an abandoned pair of camel sandals
While feeling it in my palms, I wept
Another pilgrim, lost and buried in the sand-dunes,
Must have met his death
The sandals spoke of his life
They were old and torn,
Evidence of how used they were,
On top of it, there were some beadworks
Strange it seemed, the desert offered such magnificence

May be he circled round and round,
Looking for an oasis
May be, just maybe-for the thought chokes me-
A violent storm buried him,
Or maybe he kept still somewhere at this spot,
Resigned to his fate, his life cast to the desert
Or maybe he just walked on and on
Conscious of the dissipating energy
Yet happy to be a traveler, nonetheless

I really wouldn’t tell
But these camel sandals
Is a labyrinth to his soul.

# In response to Poets United's Thursday Think Tank #102 Labyrinth.


The Unknowngnome said...

I'd like to think whatever the fate that it was met conscious yet happy.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh this is lovely, Salem.......especially "happy to be a traveler, nonetheless"....as are we all, kiddo.

Annette said...

I like the way you tied the labyrinth in at the end.

echoesofthehills said...

I am also most inclined to follow this. Yes. The idea resonates well with me. Thank you TUG.

echoesofthehills said...

Koko, we are all travellers. Symbolically, we are conscious of all our little decisions. Thank you Koko.

echoesofthehills said...

Thank you for visiting the hills, Annette. And thanks for your observation. You are most welcome any time to these sacred hills, pilgrim.

Ella said...

Beautiful tribute to a lost soul...

echoesofthehills said...

Thank you so much Ella. Yes, to a pilgrim lost...

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