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The Journey The Journey
by Nikos Laios
2015-05-07 11:49:32
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The Journey

The
Train
Slithers
Along
The
Earth;
Crunching
The
img_1373_400Tracks
Like a
Python
Crunches
Its
Prey.

Stalking
The
Curves
Of
The
Bay;
Past
The
Appian
Way,
And
The
Cabriolet.

Flashing
Past
Dancing
Cities
Past
Prancing
Cites;
Oaky
Smokey
Karaoke
Bars.

Rushing
Through
The
Veins
Of
The
Earth;
Like
Some
Needle
Through
The
Blue
Ridged
Veins
Of a
Tracked
Arm.

Shattering
The
Midnight
Peace;
With a
Clatter
And a
Splatter.

Journeying:
A beginning
With
No
End.

As
The
Train
Slithers
Along
The
Earth;
Crunching
The
Tracks
Like a
Python
Crunches
Its
Prey.

For a
Python
Knows;
That
Life
Is a
Journey,
Not a
Destination.

*************************************************************************

With a digital drawing from Nikos Laios

 


  
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Emanuel Paparella2015-05-07 14:45:25
Ah, the train as an allegory for the journey of life! It evokes so many emotions as one realizes that we are all on a journey on the train that is life…As Dante aptly puts it at the origins of his epic journey: “In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood…” There is an uncanny juxtaposition in that first verse of the we with the I. Yes, that particular journey is unique to Dante’s life, to the narrator, but it is also the archetype of the universal life of all of us, on a journey. That's why we still read the Divine Comedy 800 years later... The poignancy of the poem above is that, not unlike Dante, it puts us on the train too, to remind us that no man is an island and life is not a destination but a journey which begins at birth when we are thrown into existence, an inexorable journey toward death.

The question arises: then what? Does it all end with a nihilisic hopeless vision, or are there clear intimations of immortality? We have here a journey narrated poetically which seems to have narrated itself, albeit we know that implicitly every narration has an “I” or a narrator. The trick is to hide the I which is not unimportant and may lead us to narcisism, not even as important as the self, in the larger more meaningful, less trivial scheme of things within existence and thus evoke immortality, something that can only be done with the aid of poetry. Paradoxically to find one's self one has to die to one's self.

Thank you Nikos for a poetic rendition and timely reminder of “the journey of our life.”


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