Posted by: Colleen Keller Breuning | January 10, 2011

The Cartographer’s Last Request

Blogophilia 45.3 Topic: “Meet Me At The …. “

Bonus points:

(Hard, 2pts): Include a quote from Thomas Jefferson

(Easy, 1pt): mention the words “a swim in the ocean”

Final date to post: January 11th, 2010, GMT midnight

The Cartographer’s Last Request

Long ago he etched the seas,

scaled distant mountains

and traversed dense jungles,

this drawer of lines,

wielding astrolabe and pen

with masterful precision.

A dust-laden mahogany desk

bears witness to his labors:

tarnished sextant,

musty gilt-edged tomes,

barren inkwell…

tools of his trade,

this dying art.

He whispers with gravel voice

and sense of urgency.

I lean my ear closer

with deep reverence,

straining to hear somber words

rise from his heaving chest.

Meet me at the point of demarcation,

stand firm on the longitude of today.

Do not fall east and wallow in yesterday

or the fruitless west of tomorrows

that may never come to pass…

for the earth belongs to the living,

not to the dead.”

He lies in the waning moon

of his fading twilight,

eyes dim in lined alabaster face,

frail ink-stained hands motionless.

The north arrow points homeward,

the mariner’s final destiny.

I gaze upon his lithographs,

finely etched artifacts,

fingers tracing serpentine

this international date line…

and my minds eye visualizes

a swim in the Indian Ocean,

trek in snow laden peaks,

verdant African rainforests.

He leaves his legacy

inscribed in parchment,

the fruition of adventure

and colorful imagination…

masterpieces of history

bearing compass rose

and an indelible watermark,

the fertile essence of his soul.

Colleen M. Breuning © 2011

January 5, 2011


Thomas Jefferson quote used:  “The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.”






Monkey bars, gym class, coming out of the closet, hanging around, skeletons in the closet, top shelf, topless, hang ups, compartmentalized, half naked, bareback, pull ups, chin ups, organization, organized crime.


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