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Further Travels


For I walked through many more clouds
than ever I wished would stay.

For I walked through storm and strife.
For I walked over manyfine hills.

I whistled as I walked and walked a dog
while I walked, when I had a dog.

I walked beneath light toward darkness.
I walked backward and forward,

though speeches, talk of my people.
Through amber wavy grains I walked.

I walked the lands I could afford.
As far as my wits would take me.

And farther than my wits took me
I also walked. Because I walked

with the gait of a man. Because I
walked through the gates with many men.

Because I fated my step with a dogwhistle
that never did blow away.