Did You?

questions from Winslow, Arizona and the song by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey “Take It Easy”

  
Did you ever 

stand on the corner

in Winslow, Arizona?

Did you ever

have seven women

on your mind?

Did you ever

let your wheels

drive you crazy?

Did you ever

try to understand

and take a stand?

Did you ever 

have a world of trouble

on your mind?

Did you ever

win or did you 

lose?

Did you ever

let yourself be saved

and take it easy?
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dVerse prompt to write a poem of questions

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Did You?

Road Trip Postcards

remember the Wild West
how to roll your own
two stand together

beautiful Texas
wish you were here
come back when wild flowers bloom

two horns sharp long horns
heavy burden
worth the weight

in the desert thorns grow
hard ground blue sky
find protection hold firm

ace and jack play the odds
sound of chips
roll the dice

friends to creatures
never alone
lessons from Smokey

just remember only you
don’t wait for someone else
to stop the fire only you

or let your fire burn
the only you fire
burn bright fire

glory to GOD and the canyon
maker of heaven and earth
and the canyon

“straight up land” said the Paiute
rock and erosion layers
of color and time

we drove for days
we drove the route through Texas
New Mexico Arizona Utah

past Navaho Nation
find sovereignty
in going the distance

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short poems written on postcards

Road Trip Postcards

Summer Road Trip

We left from Houston. Travelled fast to Albuquerque through one storm and a little traffic. My daughter drove most of the way but I got the storm. Hard to watch the clouds and drive, watch for a tornado to drop out of the dark sky. She told me not to worry. There would be no tornado today and Albuquerque came into view in the night. Next day we went with her friend to the Petroglyph Monument. We climbed through the rocks and the art chiseled on their surface.
Another storm came out of the Sandia Mountains whose first name was “where the water slides down”.

In the morning we left on old Route 66 and would not stop at Gallop. We ate fry bread in the Navajo Nation, I purchased a flute and heard its song when I walked outside. You can see for a hundred miles at the Painted Desert. Stood on the corner in Winslow, Arizona. Camped at White Horse Lake and it rained all night.

Two nights in Vegas and on to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We arrived after the storm and ate by the fire that night. They say the Canyon makes its own weather. The next night we camped in Zion and it rained again. The morning was dry and we hiked the Emerald Pools. This land is what the Paiute called “the straight up land”. We had gone over three thousand miles including Zion to Salt Lake City, to Boise before the tire blow out forty miles from Seattle.

Traveling the road
in the long days of summer
find destination

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dVerse journey haibun

Summer Road Trip

You and the Eclipse

to Greg

 

Watch as the moon makes a sliver of the sun.  You can almost see it move. It put a blind spot on the surface. Solar experience. Totality somewhere. But you would not travel to the path of totality. You who doesn’t like lines, traffic or the hype. Now totality comes in another place and you are content with just a sliver of the moment.

So it never got dark, it never made that perfect circle of promised intervention or made the stars shine in the day. And now a half disc lowers itself towards the east horizon and I watch and wait for the glorious totality of the sun.

Can this be random
When heavens and earth align
Or a great design?

You and the Eclipse

Canyon Blues

fix my knee
count to three

stiff neck
what a wreck

climbing high
to the sky

Grand Canyon
find companion

feeling ill
take a pill

lay in chair
get some air

a new feelin’
done with reelin’

eat a cracker
I’m no slacker

find a look out
got no doubt

I can do it
nothing to it

comin’ round
don’t look down

feelin’ better
take off my sweater

no more chills
just Canyon thrills

on to Zion
more heights tryin’

Canyon Blues