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If I Knew Where I Was Going

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If I Knew Where I Was Going

If I knew where to go,
How to get there, and know
What to do when I got there,
How to put on the show…

If I knew my direction
And quite without vexation
I could adhere to the main road
And not have mention

That I might not belong here
That my heart could not quite bear
If this road were a short one
With a dead end; I would care.

For without all the side trips, 
And without many small blips,
Could my clearing have sunlight?
Or bright April rain drips?

I think that it’s better,
If a little bit wetter,
That I take grassy track roads
In a car that might clatter

If I knew where to go,
How to get there, and know
What to do when I got there,
Well… I think I’d say no.

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  1. Date: 5/27/2009 7:53:00 AM
    Why not? the missing adventure laden with surprise ... the missing excitement of unknown romance? Great poetry anyhow ... love you more

  1. Date: 5/23/2009 5:02:00 PM
    Hi Carolyn! Not sure how this all works yet, or how to get back to you, but this seems most logical so i'm giving it a go! Thanks so much for taking an interest! I must sound sooooo miserable, but I'm really not! The poems just seem to come out that way... yeah, I guess that is the conclusion I reached, I was generally thinking about the future, and decided there was something of adventure in not knowing, and i liked it. I'd love to read some of your poems!

  1. Date: 5/23/2009 4:36:00 PM
    Very intriguing write, Emma. You leave the reader curious as to why you would "say no." Could it be that the journey is more exciting than reaching the destination?