11th century church, Assisi

11th century church, Assisi

August 22, 2013 – Pocket Compass

And old friend brought me back
a gift
from a market in Afghanistan

a brass pocket compass with
a poem
inscribed in the screw-on cover

it’s final verse (engraved
in words
too small for 57-yr-old eyes) reads:

“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the on less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.”


Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian, archivist-in-training, retired foreign service officer and Navy veteran.

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