Wild Court

An international poetry journal based in the English Department of King’s College London

‘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.