Theodore Roethke

(1908 - 1963 / Michigan / United States)

Journey Into The Interior - Poem by Theodore Roethke

In the long journey out of the self,
There are many detours, washed-out interrupted raw places
Where the shale slides dangerously
And the back wheels hang almost over the edge
At the sudden veering, the moment of turning.
Better to hug close, wary of rubble and falling stones.
The arroyo cracking the road, the wind-bitten buttes, the canyons,
Creeks swollen in midsummer from the flash-flood roaring into the narrow valley.
Reeds beaten flat by wind and rain,
Grey from the long winter, burnt at the base in late summer.
-- Or the path narrowing,
Winding upward toward the stream with its sharp stones,
The upland of alder and birchtrees,
Through the swamp alive with quicksand,
The way blocked at last by a fallen fir-tree,
The thickets darkening,
The ravines ugly.


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  • Rookie Michael Cayley (7/1/2011 6:32:00 AM)

    A powerful use of specific details to convey mood and feelings. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, July 4, 2011


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