The Same In Distance


Years ago before me lay the great climb
and so far I was from what I’d reach
from what I’d try to reach
and so in doubt was I if I could

Still one day I started out
I started up
and clawed and scraped
one step each time

Slowly what was further become closer
a point I’d reached along the way
and then another
and then a next

But in each new destination accomplished
came the old feeling
the disatisfaction
the longing
no matter how far I’d come
the same doubtful feeling
and the feeling was not changed

Feeling knows not of distance
and this feeling is but one kind
Distance sees the changes
the movings the becomings
the reachings on that great climb
I set out to do

But this feeling returns
it follows and haunts
and makes me wonder
if the feeling is same
is the place different

It undoubtedly is
why then does it feel the same

2 thoughts on “The Same In Distance

  1. Anonymous

    The approach to write as the reader is very interesting and quite novel. The challenge in doing so, I’m seeing, is that the writing has to remain sufficiently vague as to be relatable to many readers. And with the increase of vagueness comes the decrease of effectiveness since the writing must (almost necessarily) lack any specific and evocative imagery. I think is perhaps the same reason that choose-your-own-adventure novels haven’t found a place in the library of classic literature. I wonder what the successful approach for that style is…

    • Thank you for your close and considered reading. And thank you for this thoughtful comment. As far as InitialDrafts, the intent is meaning as found by the reader. I hope that the generality you accurately point to is experienced by the reader, probably often in an unconscious way, such that things internal are evoked, and in such a way that leads to further understanding by the reader of themselves. Thanks again.

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