Poem: “No One Knows How Far”

No One Knows How Far

What is the future like?
You have not been there yet,
A time you have not visited
You need not now forget

Someone saw me walking
Down a foreign street
Long beyond the telling
Where past and future meet

There within a city
A square within a square,
Infamous to many,
To others a despair

Then a hill in twilight
That led down to a well
Enclosed within a night
Where deeper darkness fell

A rampart of a texture
Stirred of blood and brick,
The fortress of the future
Of which the walls are thick

The savior gate was fastened
But opened for a while,
There I stood and listened:
Sunrise was on trial

But then the door came forward
That was a while ajar,
And darkness ran like rivers,
No one knows how far

March 18, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."