Undecided

Undecided     (by Christine Biles, published in the Spring 2013 issue of The Laurentian Magazine)

 

Some people

wish to face the wind,

even though you go faster

with the wind at your back.

But people like to feel it against

their faces, their hair blown back.

Like to stare into that power

until eyes begin to water.

 

The people

of these townships

build their houses

their shacks

to face the wind:

To face the Cape,

the Ocean:

It is normal.

 

These people know

it is no use to go anywhere

fast, no use

to keep the wind at their backs.

These people know

they must face the wind,

seek their futures within

it, no matter how strong

it blows on chapped cheeks,

how it tugs on the hair,

how it makes a person weep.

They know they must face

the wind, seek their futures

within its chill.

 

How restless they must grow

when two layers of clouds

are forced in different directions

one layer North,

another East.

How hopeless they must become

when the wind blows

undecided.

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