True North

this vessel has sailed to many ports of call
many proved failing
vain in longing
it has spent few a leave at port
worthy for harbor

it sails on with wind in sail once more
the sea has tempests but they do pass
now we have set a course to next port
with much anticipation but not with
all along the going

we will arrive with fascination
good will
if it proves harbor
we are grateful
it does not, it will
be leave upon our way
we will be fruitful from the abiding

there are many vessels that toss
on tempests
cast to purgatorial shores
and call it fate
some cast indefinably
and believe it purpose

there are few that sail
into it
keel slicing the
with charts to voyage
steeled for reef
and bar

some may still run
aground but are quickly
to sail
crew’s mark upon true north
the journey edifying
for trial has virtue
spirits are not one
from vain wanderings
nor is it their birth

to be who we are
is why we go

for whence we came
we’re also bound



Written by Scott Schoffstall
©  February 10, 2011
all rights reserved
Poetic Sojourn


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