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Winter's Roads (with apologies to RF)

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Ron
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The Winter of 1999 was the first time in over two decades that I found myself immobilized by heavy snow. For three very long days. One result of that enforced isolation was a poem called Winter's Threads.

Not being one to repeat past mistakes (I much prefer the excitement of making new ones), this year I packed my motorhome the day after Christmas, with the intention of spending winter in California. As many of you already know, I made it only as far as Louisiana, where I stopped to visit family (and instead became involved with family). I've stayed warm, renewed some familial bonds, and learned I'm really not very well suited to the travelling life.

Eight weeks later, with warm weather breaking in Michigan, I again headed North. Tonight is my third on the road, and the first where I've found a modem connection. I'm only about six hours from home, but I know once I arrive it will take me another day or two to reconnect my computer and otherwise get established again. So I'm taking this opportunity to post the sequel to Winter's Threads. And it seems entirely appropriate to post while I'm still traveling those …


        Winter's Roads

I cannot speak for all who stem
'Long roads less traveled as their way,
Nor question choices made by them
In days long past or nights long dim
by words they spoke and did not say.

Each road is long, though short it seems,
And credence gives each road a name
Of fantasies sun-drenched in beams
Or choices turned to darkened dreams,
To where each road wends just the same.

From North to South, then back again,
I followed birds like all the rest
Escaping nature's snowy den
On roads I've seen and places been,
Forsaking roads that traveled West.

This journey grows now to its end,
As road reflections lined in chrome
Give way to roads with greater bend
And empty signs that still pretend
They point the way to home sweet home.

But all roads lead to where we go
And where we go is where we've been,
So home is just a word we know,
That space in time most apropos
For where we want to be again.

For even home, it seems to me,
Is still a choice we all must face
From day to day and endlessly,
To choose if home is going to be
Another road - or just a place.


© Copyright 2000 Ron Carnell - All Rights Reserved
Michael
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1 posted 02-27-2000 06:18 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Couldn't be said any better than that Ron.  I'm 32 and have yet to find my "home".  The road is as close as I have come.  Great to see a post from you - finally.  A wonderful poem.

Michael

[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 02-27-2000).]
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A journey far from winter's blight
The snowbird’s wings on sunbeam’s ray
Till spring’s bloom beckons return flight
Wise avian’s homebound alight
An eager heart finds home this day…


New words from you, my dear friend... are always a joy....  
Change duly noted - Talk to Damsal about the rest....  

Googols..






[This message has been edited by Nan (edited 02-28-2000).]
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It is hard to find true feelings of "home" sometimes. This is a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing.
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4 posted 02-27-2000 06:29 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Ron~
Nice to hear from you.
Glad to hear you're almost 'home'.
Wherever that might be ...
it's where you're at.
~*Marge*~



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A beautiful poem Ron....don't believe you owe Robert Frost a bit of appology for this  
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Ron,
Nice one, Good read, well done.
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7 posted 02-27-2000 07:14 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Ron, m'boy, if you're escaping Nature's snowy den in Monroe, La and Michigan in February, we gotta talk!!!

Excellent writing, as usual with much to say. Nice to see you again  
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Yep, can relate to this one quite a bit.

Heard this great rock tune, never did find out who the artist was, but it was a song about searching for home, and in the last line, he sings,

Maybe I'm already there.

Corinne

p.s. I hope you find what you seek.

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Wonderful poem Ron. Sometimes the road you take to search for a 'home' leads you back to the place you started.....home. Who knows where it is really? "Where the heart is"? Perhaps. Where you 'lay your head'? Probably. But it's also the place we long for in moments of loneliness....at the end of a journey...turn right at the next stop sign..there it is...home..........

Hope the final leg of your journey is safe and creatively fruitful...  
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Wonderful poem Ron--made me want to go a traveling--but I truly think that home is where your heart is--with those you love--wherever that might be, and inside your own sweet self.
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Great poem Ron. I think this is the first poem of yours I have read   Thats what I get for not paying attention, heh
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As we get ready to sell our home, I have mixed feelings as our family moves in with my mother in her house before we build.  It will be a time of anxiety and true marriage testing.  I understand what you mean by a home.  Great work here.
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Ron so lovely to see a posting from you!!  This was beautiful, I'll add despite the roads, home is where the heart is  

 May the world hug you today,
With it's warmth and love.
I pray it whispers a joyful tune in your heart,
That tell you there is a friend sitting in another corner of the world,
Wishing you well and
wishing you love......
~Isis~
(Goddess - Sovereign of the Spirit)


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Excellent! Thank you for taking the time to share this during your journey.

We are, indeed, on journey quest,
one day we'll find we've passed the test,
for knowing where we were before
will lead us to tomorrow's door.
Each day, we travel toward a goal,
through sun and snow and rain, we're whole,
and beckoned by the light of day,
we reach tomorrow, come what may.
And when snow stops us cold, in tracks,
we contemplate on what life lacks,
and soon our tracks are covered by
tomorrow's smile beneath the cry
of whispers melded with the dew...
our home inside us finds us new.


Thanks for inspiring me to write that... for what it's worth....  

-doreen
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A well placed and felt sentiment.
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Great poem, Ron! Have a safe journey!  

Denise
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I'm glad you posted this! Excellent!
I can't believe no-one said this...

A house is made of brick and stone,
A home is made of love alone.

I find that to be true, seeing as how I've moved so many times. It would actually be nice to "go" somewhere for pleasure, and not because I had to.  One's things for sure though, there's no place like coming back home!

Be safe!
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uhhhh.....Excellent ! And I meant it too !

Good to see you post some "magic" again Ron  
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Wonderful poem, Ron... travel safely! I didn't know you'd been in Louisiana... you should have said howdy! LOL
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Thank you, all, for the kind words and good advice. Nan, the beauty of your words is exceeded only by your vocabulary!   I might suggest a minor change, however: An eager heart finds home this day would surely be closer to the Truth.

Ruth, I appreciate the reassurances, but I suspect RF turned over in his grave a few times. I kept the rhyme scheme, but badly mangled his meter. Still, as I was driving my first night on the road, his poem was one that kept coming to mind.

Balladeer, it wasn't half bad in Louisiana this year - the mud never got above my shins. And Michigan, they tell me, just experienced its warmest day ever in February; 75 degrees.

Sharon, if home is the place we long for in moments of loneliness then I don't need an RV. I need a time machine…

Mistikman, I'm sure you were paying attention - this just happens to be my first post in a very long time.

Gemini, you are not selling a home - it's just a house. But I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

Doreen, it's always nice to be an inspiration. Thank you!

WhtDove, I know what you mean about moving. I used to move every three years, just about as regularly as a clock. Then I finally figured out it was cheaper to get a maid when the place got dirty!

suthern, I didn't know! My Dad's whole family is from the Monroe area, and I once spent a lot of time down as a kid. It's been a LOT of years, but it seems the only thing that's changed is that everything I remember got a lot smaller. Must be all the rain…  

Again, my thanks to all for reading. I'm beginning to think the definition of "home" is much simpler than any poet ever conceived - home is where the phone line terminates!
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There is a timeless feel and traditional rhythm to this piece that carried me along in the reading. A message of wisdom borne of living. Enjoyed it fully.

Claire
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A wonderful and enjoyable poem to read aloud. I love the verses and rhyming pattern, it's like music to me.
Liz
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"But all roads lead to where we go
And where we go is where we've been,
So home is just a word we know,
That space in time most apropos
For where we want to be again."

words of wisdom...beautiful poem...
I have been looking for a post of yours since I came here...I wanted to tell our gracious host THANK YOU for this amazing place...it is a gift to us all...
take care, janet marie



 She says baby,
It's 3am I must be lonely,
When she says baby,
Well I can't help but be scared of it all sometimes,
Says the rains gonna wash away I believe it.
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I love you baby... always.*


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Ron: As the saying goes, "Home is where the heart is"..

HUGS

 Live in my heart and pay no rent...
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