High Road

Once you have traveled

             in the four directions,

  along the main thoroughfare,

             and spent a good deal of time

  on back roads and side roads,

             putting one foot in front

  of the other until you reach

             a measure of satisfaction,

  it is possible you might find

             a clear idea of why you set out

  in the first place, so long ago.

             That’s the high road –  

  from which you can look

              beyond yourself and see

  how the course you take

              converges with the others. 

  The cartography of your choices

              that seemed before to hold

  no pattern – the direction of

              your footsteps, how

  they brought you here at last. 

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