Polishing my square-toed brogues,
I think about journey, that measure
of breaking out of myself
which never leaves me.

I catch each venture like a living thing;
improvised, it cuts free — shoe-inviting,
pressing the day; my heart drums fast, faster.

I tell myself, Your feet have never
failed you . . . Whatever happens,
the journey's always there:
sometimes dark, sometimes clear,
the way — on this road you're wedded
to — a mountain will appear, climbing
suddenly out of a wall of mist.


About Katherine Gallagher


Katherine Gallagher is an Australian poet resident in London. Gallagher's poems have been published in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Romanian and Serbian. Gallagher translated from French to English Jean-Jacques Celly's poems in The Sleepwalker with Eyes of Clay. Career Writer in Residence at Railway Fields Nature Reserve, Harringay, in 2002. Writers Inc/Blue Nose Poets' Education Officer until 2008. In 2004/2005 this included coordinating the Young Writer's Mentorship Project funded by the Arts Council. Poet in Residence for Havering Council's third annual Parks and Arts Healthy Lifestyle Walk in Hornchurch Country Park on 17 July 2006. Founder of the Poetry Society... Read more...

Poet of the day

Nanalal Dalpatram Kavi (Gujarati: નાનાલાલ દલપતરામ કવિ) was a noted author, poet of Gujarati literature, and was given a title of "Kavishwar" (God of Poets) by people of Gujarat. His name is sometimes spelt Nhanalal.

Biography

Nanalal was born on March 16, 1877 as the fourth son of Dalpatram, the...
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Poem of the day


hame.n ko_ii Gam nahii.n thaa Gam-e-aashiqii se pahale
na thii dushmanii kisii se terii dostii se pahale

hai ye merii badanasiibii teraa kyaa qasuur is me.n
tere Gam ne maar Daalaa mujhe zindagii se pahale

meraa pyaar jal rahaa hai ai chaa.Nd aaj chhup jaa
kabhii pyaar...
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