I am

I am the lodestone.
I am magnetic earth.

I stand neither cardinal nor fixed,
A mutable element eternally lost.

I am here.
I am gone.
I retain.
I lose.

Know me?
You cannot.
I sing the North Star,
I breathe the mountain wind.
I am the rocks.
I am the water.

I am where.
I am when.
I am the loadstone.

I am unknown.

Originally published May 2010, republished here May 2017