Shall I, shan’t I …?

Dreaming of voyages across vast
grey-green sailor-swallowing seas
and, when all hope is lost, of sighting a bird –
two birds! – three! – a whole flock of birds
that make their home on the wide world’s farthest shores.

Should I, shouldn’t I …?

Dreaming of far-away places – Santiago,
Mandalay, Calicut, Rangoon and Xanadu –
of trading in fabled halls and temples,
roofs covered in gold and gem-encrusted walls,
and coming home richer than the Pope.

Dreaming …

Shall I, shan’t I,
should I, shouldn’t I?

Or planning in earnest?

© James Munro

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