II of Wands

2 of Wands

Dreaming …
Dreaming of voyages across vast
grey-green heaving sailor-swallowing seas
and when all hope is lost, sighting a bird –
two birds! – three! – a whole sudden flock of birds
that make their home on the wide world’s furthest shores.

Dreaming …
Dreaming of trading in far-off temples and halls,
roofs covered all in gold and gem-encrusted walls,
of fabled cities – Santiago, Mandalay,
Calicut, Rangoon, Xanadu –
and coming home richer than the Pope.

Dreaming …
Or planning in earnest?

© James Munro


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