I Traveled South
By Rachel De Vlugt
I traveled South by and by -
Flying on broken Wing -
Rested upon a sodden shore
Beside some darkened Thing.
I am so lost, trembling I said -
The Dark absorbed my Voice -
Overcome, the Din of Silence
Did mute un-uttered Choice.
Reaching, grasping - fathomless Space -
No touch to greet my hand -
All Senseless flight - in shell of Pitch -
Futile - no will to stand.
Rest, said the Dark - the Voice of Calm -
Canvas of bitumen Sea -
I am Chaos - I create Light
Sleep and rest upon me
Upturned head, eyes wide - arching Back
Gentle fall - leveled Soul -
Curtain now drawn from side to side
Heav'n flickered in the Cold.
Lights grew bright - Warmed the Still -
Men and Beasts, Chariot of Fire
True North, I found and there rested
North above, North inside.