Return myth [sonnet]
If the cry within the cry is for more life
if the wail within the wail is sheer desire
yet what is it for which one might aspire
a pleasant home? a bank account? a wife?
if the keen within the keen is for more growth
if the howl within the howl is for a structure
allowing give and take of love sans stricture
does life itself conspire toward custom's oath?
desire's craft in patience finds its ballast
the sail is furled but patience keeps the course
desire's feet though winged in time grow calloused
the trail one treads may lead back to the source
and what is there? a Waterfall? a Palace?
one crosses first the river called Remorse
[John Everett Millais (1829 –1896), The Waterfall, 1853]