I want to learn all I can, live as wisely as I can, and savor every moment on the journey.
I wrote this poem several years ago when I was beginning an exciting new phase of my life—I had moved to a new state and begun graduate school in religious studies. My favorite poem, “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, served as inspiration to help me channel my feelings of excitement into this sonnet.
Sails raised, helm set, I watch the shoreline fade.
One final wave goodbye to what is past,
And, with both tear and smile, I turn and shade
My eyes to peer ahead, into the vast,
Uncharted future. I cannot see far:
No destination known, I simply aim
“To follow knowledge like a sinking star,”
As old Ulysses yearned to do the same.
Though storms may strike, and I may lose my way,
I will not give up, for eventually,
The sun will come again. Then it will play
And dance upon the water, and my free
Heart will join its song. Salt wind on my skin,
I rest and watch my journey now begin.