landmarks lost – Poetry

landmarks lost

there’s no north no compass
in the sewer of impatience

desperation drowns out choice
and cowardice quakes up reasons
to fly the panic flag

shall I walk the plank
look overboard
or take any port in the storm

shall I turn the rudder
in the womb of what’s next
or search and scratch
for the finger of direction

but I call the bluff
and pray a may-day
and launch the lifeboat
into illusion’s lies

purity’s peace now anchored
on His majesty’s mast

and I fly the freedom flag

Anne Laidlaw, artist, poet and writer, lives in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Her poetry has appeared in Mamashee, won several awards in the Sault Ste. Marie Arts Council Annual Poetry Competition and won an award in the Utmost Christian Writers Poetry Contest. She has published articles in Catherine, Evangelizing Today’s Child and Church Educator. An award-winning artist, Anne has taught intermittently at the Art Gallery of Algoma and at other workshops. She has also written and taught Bible studies and spoken at women’s conferences and retreats.

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