progress

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

it is not always prudent
to go forward
pilgrim

sometimes it’s necessary
to step to the side
or go back
in order to proceed

when you find it timely
to retreat
draw from the familiarity
of known ground

then look forward
again
with refreshed clarity
about yourself
and your purposes


© Frank Prem, 2005


The next piece in this meditation is: the future now

sleep on

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

don’t listen too hard
to your dreams
pilgrim
you should know you will not stop traveling
simply because of slumber

dreams are a chance perceived
every night a new gamble

you will not always know
if you’ve won or lost
or what they mean
but dreams
will lay the way
in mist and smoke before you

stay true
to your heart
don’t surrender your good reasons
or shy from a troubled moment

for in these restless visions
true meaning might be obscured
within an instant

pilgrim
sleep on
dream your chances


© Frank Prem, 2005


The next piece in this meditation is: progress

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