Oil of Possibility

by Glenn Currier

From every direction
they summon their desire
from the cobwebs of sleep
from the kernel of energy remaining
after another long night shift.

They sweep away
the entanglements, the love,
the pain of past failure,
voices of unbelievers,
memories of boredom,
doubts in the present
fears of the future,
every good and bad reason
holding them down.

Like the frontiers men and women
they gather their families
their collected past
the luggage of their psyches
and hoist them upon their backs
find their way to the tracks
and roads formed by believers
and begin their morning trek
taking and making a train
fueled by oil of possibility.

From all directions
they make a caravan of dreams
sing their singular songs --
cadences creating and recreating
their minds, their hearts, their Selves --
always alone, never alone,
they arrive at their Center
where they begin their journey.

Dedicated to the students of El Centro College
Inspired by my students - Spring 2002


Posted on 05/01/2002
Copyright © 2022 Glenn Currier

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Alex Smyth on 07/12/03 at 03:14 AM

Like their Manifest Destiny, to achieve education. Nobel, affectionate, and inspiring!

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 11/19/07 at 12:14 AM

Having been on both sides of the desk (and I still am) I can relate so well. In so many ways, we never leave the desk where we are learning. Life itself is a never ending teacher, and we its students.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/12/08 at 02:44 PM

Really an inspiring POTD! "taking and making a train fueled by oil of possibility." - a great line.

Posted by Joe Cramer on 08/12/08 at 06:35 PM

Congrats on POTD!

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 08/12/08 at 07:18 PM

Congratulations on poem of the day Glenn. Well deserved...CharMin

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 08/12/08 at 07:44 PM

great poem. epic, even. congrats on POTD.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 08/13/08 at 06:48 AM


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