Wayfaring

A poem in the voice of Worin, a character in a novel I’m writing:

I follow the ways,
the forest trails.
Leaves, twigs, and branches,
lines interweaving,
no endings, no beginnings.

Always becoming,
here where I journey
there is no outside,
there is no inside.
I am the forest,
the forest is me.

My life is the trails,
the weather unfolding.
The sun on the leaves,
the morning mists drifting.
My life world entwines me.

Shivering in the rain,
running for shelter,
my feet pound the earth,
my eyes see the tree roots,
I leap clear
into the green world
– wind song – my breath.


prompt: https://dversepoets.com/2021/05/04/poetics-exploring-the-narrative-voice/ “The challenge is to write a poem in the voice of a fictional character.”

24 thoughts on “Wayfaring

  1. This is a wonderful response to the prompt Suzanne – putting the poem in the voice of a fictional character you have already created:

    ‘there is no outside,
    there is no inside.
    I am the forest,
    the forest is me.’

    – I love these lines especially. I would very much like to read your novel once it is finished!

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    1. Thanks so much Ingrid. Your prompt (and the links you provided) inspired me. I have no idea when my novel will be finished even though I work on it most days. Hopefully I will be done by our spring (your autumn).

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  2. Alli Templeton

    That’s absolutely beautiful, Suzanne, I’ve got goosebumps! It captures the spirit of the hollow ways perfectly, and I can imagine a medieval peasant or pilgrim making his way to wherever he’s bound… Lovely. Thanks for sending me the link. πŸ™‚

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