out of their caves
igloos or yurts
thatched roofs
adobe walls

seeking direction
searching for seasons
over tundra or mountain
through valley or forest

crossing rivers and oceans
feast and famine
place of birth
depth of death

pacing time and space
pausing here maybe there
mapping locations
meeting leaving

feasting for thought
fasting for meditation
singing praying
preying loving

pilgrims seek
new next
perhaps pretentious
religious understanding

or maybe just
faith to a Holy Spirit

Richard Eric Johnson has authored five volumes of poetry. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He holds a B.A. in Germanic Languages and an M.S. in Education with both degrees earned at Indiana University. He is retired and resides in Arlington, Virginia.