This poem came across my path a few months ago, when another in my life was making a large decision. This poem scares me. Maybe because it stirs up sadness in another’s choice, maybe because indecisiveness can be a safe place to stay. But regardless, it does intimidate me.

As I sit with this poem, I realize that I have chosen: to go plan-less for a bit. It is not aimless, but rather, going forward with an open mind, but still moving in a direction.

Take time with the wisdom of these words below. Then do the scary, do the unknown. Make sure you CHOOSE! For as my dad says says, “indecision is a decision”.




The pilgrims paused on the ancient stones
In the mountain gap.

Behind them stretched the roadway they had traveled .
Ahead, mist hid the track.

Unspoken the question hovered:
Why go on? Is life not short enough?

Why seek to pierce its mystery?
Why venture further on strange paths, risking all’

Surely that is a gamble for fools – or lovers.
Why not return quietly to the known road?

Why be a pilgrim still?
A voice they knew called to them, saying:

This is Trasna, the crossing place.
Choose! Go back if you must,

You will find your way easily by yesterday’s fires,
there may be life in the embers yet.

If that is not your deep desire,
Stand still. Lay down your load.

Take your life firmly in your two hands,
(Gently… you are trusted with something precious)

While you search your heart’s yearnings:
What am I seeking? What is my quest?

When your star rises deep within,
Trust yourself to its leading.

You will have the light for first steps.
This is Trasna, the crossing place.

This is Trasna, the crossing place

Come !
-Raphael Consedine


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