One Poem by Jim Bennett

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

the bored cartographer

I draw maps that are metaphors
for people who want to find their way
sometimes I invent a shortcut

an alleyway or a lane
impossible to find
a non-existant highway

a path through a field
a river bridge miles out of place
these things fight off the boredom

of drawing cities        and towns
even whole countries   and coastlines
for travellers and sailors

I go to unknown places
measure and map them
then move on      here is Paris

finished and coloured
the river turns and twists
it could be any city       anywhere

but follow my map
and you will be lost
wherever it is


Jim Bennett is a poet who was born in Liverpool in the UK a long time ago and is still alive (we think).

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