Far refuges for faith, a landing place
for wild believers and for storm-tossed birds;
a promised sanctuary of air and space;
the haunt of saints, the graveyard of their words.
A smudge of rock, a constant in the tides;
a cliff beyond all climbing, or safe shore;
a resting place for what the world derides;
a prison, or pure freedom; time before
the rattling noise of progress turned our minds;
the spoils of war, or never worth the fight;
the many-named or nameless; all the kinds
of dreams or nightmares; or the clearest light.
Only a few will try the journey - most
will gaze, and doubt, and choose the safer coast.
D. A. Prince
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