PAD 2014 – Dirt Roads and Forgotten Highways

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Day 21

Today’s prompt was to write a back to basics poem. I was also dreaming of a car ride out in the country.

dirt roads and highways

Dirt Roads and Forgotten Highways

She squeals, Road Trip!
Steering off the fancy paved
toll road we veer onto a path
few still travel.

Dark tar lines stretch
like veins for miles and miles.
The tires thump a baseline
our souls can put melody to.

Abandoned mills, family farms
and wooden fences
line the worn roads
the map marks as thin black lines.

Two lane roads
double yellow lines.
No fast lane
only No Passing signs

until the curves straighten
and the hills flatten. Enjoy
the view. Watch the hawks
ride the currents

and the hay stacks blur
against tender grasses.
In still ponds
the sky reflects.

Today we escape
the hustle — the bustle
back to basics
a halcyon country drive.

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31 replies
  1. Grace
    Grace says:

    I would love to do that, just escape from city’s hustle & bustle for a nice country drive, the road less travelled ~

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Thank you Grace;
      We are lucky here, one does not have too go far to find open road and beautiful prairie. Thanks for commenting.

  2. brian miller
    brian miller says:

    sounds like a good escape to me…too much hustle and bustle in this age…a road trip is just the thing as well…cant wait for summer to hit the road a bit myself…

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Thank you Laurie. I enjoyed yours as well. I have also been taking great pleasure in reading your PAD challenge poems as well.

  3. Donna Rampton
    Donna Rampton says:

    Really nice poem. It is nice to get off the beaten path and see pure country; thanks for the reminder

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Ha, I was taught by the best Mom, on how to enjoy those country drives. Thank you. I love you!

  4. kelly
    kelly says:

    Lovely… i almost felt as if i had taken a drive. Watching hawks ride the currents is one of my favorite things to do.

  5. Shanyn
    Shanyn says:

    This is such a great piece – loved those country roads. You captured them perfectly! Thank you for sharing with us for Poetics!

  6. Bryan Ens
    Bryan Ens says:

    I love nothing better than getting off the main roads…especially the country (gravel) roads that we have where I live and seeing the birds. We miss so much when we just take the “get there fast” roads.

  7. Ron
    Ron says:

    This is a beautiful poem about those wonderful “halcyon” drives when we leave the main roads behind.

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