measuring uphill

From a series of meditations for : the Pilgrim
Back to the Pilgrim – Introduction

as you journey
pilgrim
the mountains
first seen in the distance
as small rises
on the horizon

emerge
tower and loom

blurred outlines
harden
assume a clearer definition

and yet
climbing is but the placement
of one footstep
ahead of the last

progress is still measured
by forward momentum

but the view from the summit
is superb


© Frank Prem, 2006


The next piece in this meditation is: sleep on

sun certainty

From a series of meditations for : the Pilgrim
Back to the Pilgrim – Introduction

pilgrim
no fault can arise
from seeking certainty

it is natural
to wish to be sure
but the nature of the journey
is such
that the end
is ever out of reach

new experience is upsetting
learning comes from those things
we do not yet know

as your understandings
are disarrayed and rearranged
in order for you to grow
remember
the sun also shines
upside down


© Frank Prem, 2005

The next piece in this meditation is: extra limitations

the Pilgrim – Introduction

Some time back (around 2004, 2005), I set about writing what amounted to a one-sided conversation between a wise voice, and an unheard from supplicant – the pilgrim.

I had no great intention or aspiration when I started putting these together, but for a time the Voice was there and available to me and, as seems to happen from time to time, it knew what it had to say so long as I was prepared to channel it.

In the end, these little pieces amounted to a loose collection that spanned, perhaps the sum of three chapbook sized collections before the voice faded, or my ability to channel it shifted.

The poems that resulted have been largely unpublished until I started blogging here at WordPress back in about June or July 2016, when a few started presenting themselves in response to Daily Prompts and other such imperatives.

I don’t plan to organise these pieces chronologically, or by subject, but I expect there will be appearing over time, so I thought it might be a good idea to link them up each to each other and all with a starting point here, so that, should anyone wish to progress through them methodically (brave soul), there will be an easy path to follow.

With that, the first piece in this series is: notes on hope and redemption #12 choice

conundrum

From a series of meditations for : the Pilgrim
Back to the Pilgrim – Introduction

honesty is like a currency
pilgrim

it will buy you entry
to places otherwise barred
no matter the coinage offered

the pain that comes
when you are rebuffed
is the shock of the unexpected
for what honest person would anticipate
mistrust

and therein lies the conundrum
pilgrim
for the only response
is honesty
yet again

do not despair at this
but know
trust can only be purchased
one truth at a time


© Frank Prem, 2005

The next piece in this meditation is: time