Friday, April 1, 2011

Dennis Brutus and the experience of "just coming and going"

Dennis Brutus's poem captures something of my mood and state of being at the moment.

I come and go
I come and go
a pilgrim
greedily unkempt
stubbornly cheerful
defiantly whistling hope
and grabbing for crumbs of success
out of all near-defeats

I shuffle through the waiting rooms
and the air terminals of the world
imposing and importuning
while the politely courteous
help arrange my departures
without any pang of greeting

I work my stubborn difficult unrewarding will
obtusely addleheaded clumsy:
some few things happen
and I plod or shuffle or amble
wracked with anguished frustrate hunger
and go on.

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