This dream you had of a young man
who earnestly told you to escape
the numbing shade of fruitless trees
has set you on the road again.
Whatever road you may take
life will always be the longest
so, always take the longest route
and choose the slowest transport.
Treat fear as a close ally
or else he’ll be your master;
when he says no then you must try
and when in doubt consult him.
To better know where you’ve been
drop burning tears on your trail
learning to abandon to regain
then find another path for your return.
Surrender space but defend
always defend your footprint.
To heal, go to places you know;
to know, find the place where you can heal.
Stay if you should but never settle
for now the road is your home.
Keep very few things but keep them close
closer of all that shiny coin for the ferryman.
Think as you must, act as you go
never forget your questions
but fear the lack of answers not
your body knows what you don’t.
Take on that road going outward
as what it is: an inward journey;
it takes a hundred thousand miles
to barely have moved an inch.