Undecided

Undecided

by Chris Biles
(Published in the Spring 2013 issue of The Laurentian Magazine)

Some people
wish to face the wind,
even though you go faster
with the wind at your back.
But people like to feel it against
their faces, their hair blown back.
Like to stare into that power
until eyes begin to water.

The people
of these townships
build their houses
their shacks
to face the wind:
To face the Cape,
the Ocean:
It is normal.

These people know
it is no use to go anywhere
fast, no use
to keep the wind at their backs.
These people know
they must face the wind,
seek their futures within
it, no matter how strong
it blows on chapped cheeks,
how it tugs on the hair,
how it makes a person weep.
They know they must face
the wind, seek their futures
within its chill.

How restless they must grow
when two layers of clouds
are forced in different directions
one layer North,
another East.
How hopeless they must become
when the wind blows
undecided.

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