Thursday, January 10, 2008

Always Coming Home

This Stone From the Serpentine heyimas of Telina-na; by Wordriver

by Ursula Le Guin. {Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine }


He went looking for a road

that doesn't lead to death.

He went looking for that road

and found it.

xxxxxxIt was a stone road.

He walked that road

that doesn't lead to death.

He walked on it awhile

before he stopped,

xxxxxhaving turned to stone.

Now he stands there on that road

that doesn't lead to death

not going anywhere.

He can't dance.

xxxxxFrom his eyes stones fall.

The rainbow people pass him

crossing that road, long-legged, light-stepping,

going from the Four Houses

to the dancing in the Five Houses.

xxxxxThey pick up his tears.

This stone is a tear

from his eye, this stone

given me on the mountain

by one who died before my birth,

this stone, this stone.

via and interconnected

1 comment:

Princess Haiku said...

crying tears. stone... earth watered.... we all know the stone that lies in the human heart. Eating a peach pit and this tree begins to grow within. It's roots tear one up like a cement sidewalk. What to do.. Human existence. All these stones of a zen garden. And I can't dance tonight.