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Featured Poem: What If This Road by Sheenagh Pugh

Written by Francesca Dolan, 13th September 2021

National Poetry Day is an annual mass celebration that encourages all to enjoy, discover and share poetry. This year, National Poetry Day takes place on 7th October and throughout September, we’ll be reading poems with this years theme of 'Choice' in mind. Find out more about our National Poetry Day event and new anthology, The Road Not Taken. 

This week’s poem is 'What If This Road' by Sheenagh Pugh, a poem reminding us that our story never truly ends.

What If This Road 
What if this road, that has held no surprises
these many years, decided not to go
home after all; what if it could turn
left or right with no more ado
than a kite-tail? What if its tarry skin
were like a long, supple bolt of cloth,
that is shaken and rolled out, and takes
a new shape from the contours beneath?
And if it chose to lay itself down
in a new way; around a blind corner,
across hills you must climb without knowing
what’s on the other side; who would not hanker to be going, at all risks? Who wants to know
a story’s end, or where a road will go?

Sheenagh Pugh

from What If This Road and Other Poems
(Gwalch Carreg Cyf, Llanrwst 2003)
Copyright © Sheenagh Pugh 2003

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