He walks along the possible road,
one deliberate step ahead of the next.
At the end of the road, it may be,
there’ll be sustenance, shelter,
a sensation of sympathetic hands.
How long will it be, a lifetime?
With each deliberate step
his life lengthens.
What, he asks himself, will there be
at the end of the road?
At the end of the road, God knows,
there’ll be sustenance, shelter.
At the end of the road, the road
will begin again.
“The End of the Road” is from Concerned Attentions, which was published in 2013.