Wander to Awaken

March 10, 2017

Wander to Awaken

by Lauren Taub Cohen


Tolkien famously wrote,

“Not all those who wander

are lost.”

He almost got it right.


As a wanderer

I crave the


which elicits

an aliveness

in me

akin to

rhapsodic wonder


alerts me

to the restive call

of possibilities.


I am only lost

when stagnant

and my remedy

for such a stuck state

is always…

to wander.


To wander is to learn,

to learn is to discover,

to discover is to

awaken to one’s

unforeseen potential.


I say, “ A wanderer

is never lost, and

there is no such thing

as making

a wrong turn.”




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