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Poem: On The Far Side of Walden

Written at Walden Pond, Concord, MA

Ankle-deep in mud
Along the banks of Walden,
I find my footing.

Standing in the ruins of the cabin,
I return home to meet the brother
Born before my time.

We souls close in ideals
But distant in years
Keep council together.

When one of us passes along
The next will pick up the thread
And carry on the thought.

Walking the rim of Walden
The wheel of my life takes a turn.

The waters are a mirror
And the banks a respite.

On the far side of Walden
One can look out across the wide waters
And see the world reflecting.

It is a place in the journey
Where one can take solace,
Pause and look back with clear perspective.

Coming to the end of the path
I am not who I was
At the beginning.
L.M. Browning (aka Leslie Browning) is the author of numerous award-winning poetry titles including Oak Wise and Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity. Balancing her passion for writing with her love of education and publishing, Browning is a graduate of the University of London and a Fellow with the League of Conservationist Writers. She is Partner at Hiraeth Press, Founder of The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature, and in 2011, Browning opened Homebound Publications—a rising independent publishing house based in New England. She currently divides her time between her home in Connecticut and her work in Boston.

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