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Compass Rose and the Gypsy Will


  Some days the mysteries loom large,

  Caught in the brambles of the rain

  Like scraps of sacking from an

  Inelegant traveller's bulging tote-all.

  I know only that the road leads,

  Not where: the following has little

  Of volition, less of coercion.

  What can be is: what is will shape

  The landscape of the winds.

  It must be that I will always

  Want the countertwining mindbeat most

  On nights when shadows hide.

- David W. Mitchell

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