Will-o’-the-Wisp (The Chased Beloved)


O shifting vision, beacon of my soul,

What promises you’ve made, and made, and made!

I’ve fumbled dumbly towards your flickering goal,

But now I’m sure:  my steps have been betrayed.


You’ve shimmered warmly, like a distant home

Aglow with dancing lampshine in the night–

A flame inviting travelers to roam

Off track, to seek out succor in your light.


But like lost tramps, I’ve scrambled over snag

And swampland, tacking towards you—aching feet

Stumbling in and out of fog, of quag…

Then sunk in muck, my desperate doom complete!


Behold, at last, this hour all hopes are lost:

I’ve chased your wisp—your love—at fateful cost!


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