Arriving at last It has stumbled across the harsh Stones, the black marshes. True to itself, by what craft And strength it has, it has come As a sole survivor returns From the steep pass. Carved on memory's staff The legend is nearly decipherable. It has lived up to its vows If it endures The journey through the dark places To bear witness, Casting its message In a sort of singing.
From Beyond Silence: Selected Shorter Poems, 1948-2003 by Daniel Hoffman. Copyright © 2003 by Daniel Hoffman. Reproduced with permission of Louisiana State University Press. All rights reserved.