#NationalPoetryMonth Day 26: Journey

Today, for Day 26, I give you a haibun, an interesting mix of prose poetry and haiku.

trail-867235_640Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

 

Journey

 

A dusty road, down from the mountains, leaving the snow-capped peaks behind. Tired footsteps, echoing loss and regret. A lowered head, a soft sigh, aching muscles, but he walks onward. The sun sets against the horizon, but he walks onward.

 

a thousand steps will

not be enough penitence

seeking redemption

 

In the shelter of the forest, he rests; no village can bear his name or deeds. He sleeps on prayers and whispers of forgiveness he didn’t deserve. Faces haunt his dreams, and memories his waking hours. With the dawn he walks onward.

 

wind settles within

the trees—to tell his story

Time writes the ending

 

 

 

© A. F. Stewart 2019 All Rights Reserved

 

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