I do not have permission to print John Roedel’s poem in full, but I’d invite you to take a look at it courtesy of the Maggie Oliver Foundation.
John’s final line refers to the question raised by the lungs when she said: “what took you so long?’
There is no answer to that question on offer in the poem. This website discusses several alternatives and you can give me your answers in my spoof Finals Paper
Possible ‘answers’ for the Finals Examination
Here are some of my own observations.
It seems to me that some important ‘answers’ to “what took you so long” include:
I have been on the scenic route,
I am on the scenic route,
I will go on the scenic route when I’ve finished my visit to you [the lungs]
What value would you place on these different choices, In view of what is inferred by my Inverted Tree illustration?
What other ‘reasons’ might there be for taking so long? What about:
I looked out of my Window [of Tolerance] for a long time,
I went outside and came back a few times before I reached you,
I had a gut feeling the time was not quite right (think about this or re-visit this one!!)
I hit obstacles on the scenic route and I got around them by ……
I had an accident on my bike/car/train and had to walk,
I had to stop and think a few times before I remembered your address.
How would you describe your own journey on the scenic route?
If you have any last thoughts, do let Christina and I know them.
Descriptions of small, safe experiments that worked for you would be really helpful.
…. hmm …. or is it AN END?
….. maybe just ONE END
…. seems like PART of an END?
Oh, I know …… ONE OF SEVERAL ENDS
What does yours look like?
Other leads you can consider for another beginning
Can you nudge other people?