Loren Eiseley

Words for Forgetting

From Prairie Schooner.

Go forward on these simple roads,
Do not turn back.
The stars behind you in the wind will blow,
The coyote’s track

Delicately replace the lifted dust
Of your own heel.
Go forward and the dark will close
About you. You will feel

The fragrant emptiness of prairie miles.
Now you will own
Nothing that is not yours, yourself
Down to the naked bone.

Reprinted from Prairie Schooner Vol VIII No 3 (Summer 1934) by permission of University of Nebraska Press. Copyright 1929 by the Wordsmiths of Sigma Upsilon.