I Shall Take the Longer Route

Literal and metaphysical walking away from others so that they might not feel the regret of actions passed.

I shall take the longer route,
Where I will see none,
And none might see me.
On my face, a painted scowl,
A set in stone epithet
Of what I must be
Along this journey.
I shall take the quieter path,
And not raise my voice
Even in remarkable sense,
For this draw would spoil
The marked silence –
So none might see me.
A very better person points
To the sunlight in the sky;
I regard the earth
At my feet, the dull
And dusty patterns.
In that footstep tolls more
Bells than can be said,
A ring of sirens to call
Out the unwary.
Yet: I have been made wary,
So that I see the road
Aghast before me;
I shall take the longer route,
Where I will see none,
And none might see me.
I shall stick to whatever
I know, so that those
Others will not advance
Their pointed faces further.

The End

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