You’re on the road
and searching for that vein
known as the Mother Lode. . .
And, if its hid vicinity you find,
and the gold has not yet all been mined,
a freezing river
you must enter
with a sloping pan
and try your luck as best you can.
as you will,
if you must, descend or climb a hill.
And, if toward that effort,
yourself too much you have to goad,
then chance an easy stride across the open plain
and seek whatever ventures
THAT shall hold.