The Land I Long For


The world I want lies under the waves,
Under many chilling leagues of water,
Beyond the reach of common daylight.

Pale stars illuminate its deep blue sky
And trees of giant girth cover the ground
They've occupied for countless years.

The land I long for is wakened at dawn
By the clear notes of flowing birdsong
From the leafy crowns of the trees.

The story was never told to me in school,
I only know it to be true because...
My blood and bones have taught me so.

         Somehow I will find a way
              To reach the forest floor
         Through a door I cannot say
              Is made of gravestone or of wood,
         But which is no less real to me
              Than any ordinary day.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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