‘Somewhere’: a poem by John Fuller




Somewhere I once belonged.
Who knows where?
But like the map englobed
My journey’s clear.
I must find out.
I must go there.
For the past is space
That must be crossed,
Memory a face
That’s not quite lost.

Somewhere within me
A remembered promise,
Hard to misprove,
A spoken word
That is love’s premise,
Trajectory of bird
When it migrates
In secret purpose,
However hard
The route proposed.

Let the exile then return
In evening peace
However late,
As from the dead
And in forgiveness,
With homecoming’s pace
And horizon’s red
Where clouds hovered,
And somewhere overhead
The uncorking sound of geese.

John Fuller

About John Fuller

John Fuller’s 'Collected Poems' were published in 1996 by Chatto and Windus. His latest volumes are 'Gravel in my Shoe' (Chatto, 2015), 'A Week in Bern' (Clutag, 2016) and 'The Bone Flowers' (Chatto, 2016). His critical book 'Who is Ozymandias? and other puzzles in poetry' appeared in 2011. 'Dream Hunter', an opera written with the composer Nicola LeFanu, was produced in 2012, and LeFanu’s 'The Crimson Bird', to a text by Fuller, premiered at the Barbican in 2017.