His first venture was in a square.
It was such a thrill to explore,
meeting people, drinking beer
until one day he hit a wall.
It seemed then all learning was done.
He took experience to a circle.
The people there thought he was square,
so he set out, knapsack on back,
to see the world, but hit a wall again.
After months of soul-searching
he followed the light of an inner circle
of smaller perimeter, journeyed
on and on endlessly, gathering
the fragrance of spring, the sweet
wine of summer, until one day
he came to the house of fun, where
he took time out from contemplation.
Slowly the radius of stars, the order
of spheres, the vastness of thought, fused
with the harmony of flesh, the beauty
of music, the luxury of taste.
When he left he was ready to face the end
ready to face the beginning.
Tom Dredge is a member of the Boyne Writers Group and Bealtaine Writers Group and lives in Kildare. His poetry has appeared in Boyne Berries, Revival, Ó Bhéal Five Word, Skylight 47 and the WOW Anthology. He also received commendations and was third in the Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition.