Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Road (Daydreams, Snap Screen Press 2004) is about New England…and about life. It is a path we have all traveled in one form or another, encountering obstacles that most of us have faced.

Perhaps that’s what fascinates so many with the New England countryside. In it, along its highways and byways, we can find pieces of the evolution of the American culture, and evidence of some of the places that lie in our future.

It is still a fascinating journey.

Glenn K. Currie

                            The Road

                                                Through old mill towns,
                                                Married to rivers
                                                That have lost their purpose.
                                                Facades staring out,
                                                With long memories,
                                                And short futures.
                                                Leaning toward the water,
                                                Like divorcees
                                                Who can’t let go.

                                                Past dairy farms
                                                That once prospered,
                                                Now fighting for survival.
                                                Faded red barns,
                                                Framed by rocky meadows,
                                                Rusting mowers,
                                                And homes too big.
                                                Waiting hopelessly,
                                                For reinforcements.

                                                Weaving through valleys
                                                Huddled in shadow.
                                                Mountains made tall
                                                By their hulking proximity.
                                                Stealing the sunlight.
                                                Bullies ruling
                                                A small world.
                                                Forcing travelers
                                                To go around.

    Ending at the highway.
    The intersection
    Of fast food and fast cars.
    Public restrooms
   And self-serve gas.
   Where everyone knows
   Where they are going,
   And can’t remember,
   Where they have been.

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