Make It a Pilgrimage, Mr. Mann

Open your sketchbook and draw life.
Not charcoal, but color. Let bright
stand for tomorrow. The past is dark.
You can get detailed if you have
the skill. Trees, rocks, clouds
skidding across the page. Keep
turning to get a tapestry effect.
Cars line themselves up for a
journey. This page takes ink well,
so you can add a commentary.
A running tabulation since Adam.
Put in a cemetery if you wish.
There are faces, bodies. All the people
make ready to tell their story. Perhaps
there will be time for names. A lock
of hair, a diary, a bracelet. Tidings
kept. Reckonings. Reunions.
The ones who go, the ones who stay.