The Topography Of Ambition

 

 

the topography of ambitionIt’s the road that cuts through everything

sparing what little it can

of grassland and woods, the personal property

of farm and heart.

 

Yet, somewhere en route, the regrets

keep drifting in. Their exhalations spent

like milkweed over stalk or bush. But in one tree

the conscience sings. A vocalist with an old guitar

strumming an old ballad

 

about love and sacrifice, the moan of sea gulls

( after a storm) and a fisher girl stooping in the tide

to scavenge what’s ever left..

 

3 comments

  1. “It’s the road that cuts through everything

    sparing what little it can

    of grassland and woods, the personal property

    of farm and heart.”

    Wendy,

    That stanza captured me completely and the rest of the poem
    held fast. The close makes it all unforgettable.

    Along with those regrets, there is a sense of endurance.

    Your pen paints as vividly as any brush.

    Many thanks,

    Sarah

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  2. “It’s the road that cuts through everything
    sparing what little it can”

    A great metaphor for the ambition that drives, no matter
    what damage it causes along the way.
    And It also brings to mind, the end being justified,
    even though there is hurt caused to achieve that end.

    There is a humble voice with an old guitar
    representing the conscience.
    And the moan of seagulls, after the damage,
    the innocence of the fisher girl, stooping in the tide,
    seeing if their is anything left to be saved after all of this.

    Much enjoyed, Dear Wendy.
    take care,
    Kerri

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  3. Dear Sarah and Kerri,

    Thank you both so much for these lovely comments on my poem — I deeply enjoyed your insights and deeply appreciate your interest in my poetry — it means a great deal to me!!

    Please take care,
    \my best always
    Wendy

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