Looking for Clues

One step forward, round and round,
the labyrinth circles. Go? Or stay
in the in-between? Are answers found
when past finds future? Which is the way?

The labyrinth circles—go or stay?
I’m a shadow figure lost in blues,
when past finds future. Which is the way?
Where should I go? Where are the clues?

I’m a shadow figure lost in blues,
within my mind-forest, I search in dreams–
where should I go? Where are the clues–
nothing here is as it seems—

in the in-between. Are answers found
within my mind-forest? I search in dreams–
but nothing here is as it seems–
just one step forward, round and round.

I’ve revised this pantoum originally written in April for Paul Brooke’s Ekphrastic Challenge inspired by the above artwork by Kerfe Roig and Jane Cornwell. I’m linking this post to dVerse Open Link Night. Live today!

I’ve done a recording, too.

49 thoughts on “Looking for Clues

  1. Yes indeed Merrill, the often circular and yes often bewildering nature of our existence laid out powerfully here – Great write – tough not sure about ‘mind-forest’ jarred a little bit for me anyway. Just a thought…

  2. This is gorgeously rendered, Merril! 😀 I especially love; “I’m a shadow figure lost in blues, within my mind-forest, I search in dreams–where should I go?” 💝💝

  3. We all take turns being “a shadow figure lost in blues”. The form really ehances the circular nature of a labyrinth poem. I felt a bit dazed at the end.

  4. I think this poem was so very well done… thoughts and ideas going around and around. I like the way you used time also…the pull of the past and the present colliding with the future.

  5. A master Pantoum, MS & I’m counting my blessings that I got to hear it (& now get to hear it AGAIN! yay!!) Your delivery of this masterwork is awesome. Thanks.

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