Per Diem Archive: T. Painting July 2013, Open Road
Haiku of the Open Road, escape, adventure, exhilaration and the feeling that comes with the illusion of freedom.
Walt Whitman may have said it best in his poem, Song of the Open Road: // Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, / Healthy, free, the world before me //
I’ve driven highways and back roads in fifty states. Read with enthusiasm Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon and mirrored some of his travels. Each summer my children and I throw the tent into the mini-van and head out. Last year we found remnants of old Route 66. The open road is comprised of places we visit or temporarily reside. The road may take us to spots familiar, but far removed from routine.
The open road inspires poetry and especially haiku, which may come without warning just around a bend or at the top of the Great Divide. // summit road / once more the moon / changes windows //
What a pleasure it has been assembling this selection of haiku written by poets who have embraced the unexpected or a chance encounter while traveling the byways of life.