Peter Clarke (1929 - )

mixed media
50 x 35cm

Certain individuals are wanderers by nature. They are driven by the urge to go
somewhere & before you know it they're gone. Eventually when you meet them again, in answer
to your question, they say something like, "Oh, I just felt like going someplace. There's
nothing like a change, you know."
One can't help wondering about people with the urge to go off wondering, who, for various
reasons - or even in some cases for no specific reason what so ever - pack & depart
on a trip. They leave home & everything with which they are familiar & comfort-
able & go off (as far as you who are not that way inclined be concerned) on a
journey into the wild blue yonder. Of course having made the necessary preparations
you know they are not going to rough it where ever they're going.
But in the case of other individuals who might just be victims of circumstance
they are unable to make preliminary arrangements regarding their future.
Aimlessly wandering here & there, they drift, so to speak, with the tide. They have no
idea where they will make their bed at night. For them there is only the vagueness of the
future & possibility of a pauper's burial in an unmarked grave.

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