i sink, demeaning, reeling from my find
at one with riddle, smitten by its hand
in moody preparation for the mind
enigma i would deal to understand
but never should the option offer flight
else i will see this through another night.

that i am only lowborn is forgot
by those dispensing oddment for the flow
my vestige or my clothes betray me naught
for now they serve my patience, ever slow…
i will not hence reveal my inner way
and bleed to guttle yet another day

with word i am enabled, hear me speak
or stay and see my letters on the page
i cherish all the trodden and the weak
and send the thought to strengthen and to age
the skeptic and the seeker must amass
if sense and worthy wisdom come to pass

the hunt and celebration through the pen
in daring may entice the worldly-wise,
but drenched in circumstances of the “when”
the roving eye will miss a quick disguise
and yet another stanza, made to mourn
is sitting with its brothers, cold and worn

About Burton Cummings

Recipient, Order of Canada & Order of Manitoba. Voice & Songwriter: American Woman (6m+ plays), These Eyes, (5m+ plays) & Stand Tall.


  1. Christine Campbell says

    The artistry of this poem so touches my soul. You have an amazing ability to create images with your words much like an artist with a paintbrush and a canvas. I hope this poem will be included in Volume Two; it is a truly marvellous poem.

    • Burton Cummings says

      Thank you Christine…yes, this one is in The Writings Vol.II…I’m going to post several others from Volume II here over the next couple of weeks…there are 47 in all, and honestly, deep down, I think Vol. II is at least as good as, if not better, than Vol. I…

  2. Linda Marie Gray says

    Wonderful poem, Burton. Your words are wise, filled with knowledge and of llife as it is. Your hope for humanity is heartfelt. Winning words, and ways.

    Your CNE Concert was “Incredible”. Thank you for your gift that you share, across the land…

  3. Ellen Boyer says

    Thank you for posting this one Burton….glad that it is going to be included in Vol II….it is beautifully written…. after reading it several hours ago it’s still going through my mind … thank you