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Ratiocinativa

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Does the road wind uphill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow, dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you waiting at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.

Christina Georgina Rossetti. 1830–1894

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I have put this poem, which I love very much, up today at the nudging of my mentor on all things poetical…

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  1. This is one of my favourite poems! I’ve always interpreted the poem a bit differently. Christina Rossetti was a devout Christian, and I’ve always understood the road to be the long, tiring road of faith, yet with a sure, certain and hopeful ending. But I might be wrong…

    1. I guess that is the beauty of poetry. You get to interpret the words as they speak to you.
      In addition to your take, I come away thinking of the so many clearly devout Christians who not only ‘understood the road to be the long, tiring road of faith,’ but endeavor to practically show this faith. Yet in their closet are confused if it is indeed all ‘with a sure, certain and hopeful ending.’

      Worrying….

  2. I agree. That’s why I like this poem so much – because I feel like it’s a dialogue between the part of the poet that feels sure of the ending and the part that doubts and fears. The faithful part reassures the doubting part. It’s a poem that intertwines faith and doubt.

    1. I feel mightily privileged to be able to read your poems & honored to be able to share them like do. I can tell that lots of other people are as impressed about your work as I am.

      I am presently working on a novel & I find it hard to make time for any other writing. I need all the luck I can get to get an agent or publishers interested when I am done.

      I just might take you on that offer.

      Thanks

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