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Impatience is a Virtue

written by: Hemmingplay

@hemmingplay

 

It is after the nights, a week, a month—sometimes—

After I flirt with silly half-assery and questions.

After I get lost, a little. Lose the plot, the scent, the signal...

(When you take the road less traveled—

Which is the only one that really interests me—

Sometimes you don't know where the hell you are.)

The street signs are all different.

I stop, wait, put my good ear to the ground. Sniff the wind.

Maybe hitch a ride, hop a freight, wake up

In the damp air of new places, strange mountains, different accents,

Maybe it'll be beignets and chicory coffee in N'awwlins; maybe

It'll be the call of an elk, or the tang of the pines

In some high, wild place;

Maybe it's a street under the clatter of the EL in Chicago, or maybe it's

Feeling the sizzle of the naked sun on my back,

Building fence in the high desert of Wyoming, in July.

After all this time I just know that I

Can only ride out the nonsense,

Embrace the nothingness, hug it tight

As the other half of meaning.

I'm impatient; I worry I'll run out of time.

But this runs at its own pace.

For just as quickly, despite the trivia and side trips,

Without warning, a sudden dawn will burst up like thunder,

And I'll be back in tune, but maybe on a different road.

Hello, sweet August. You're looking pretty good in that summer dress...

Let's take a walk, talk a little. Maybe fool around like kids.

It looks like it'll be a nice day.

What say we go get in a little trouble?

 

NOTE:

The Road Less Traveled - photography by Alain Villeneuve

Doug Stanfield (Hemmingplay)

Doug Stanfield (Hemmingplay)

OCTOBER 2016 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
“Hemmingplay,” is the pen name of the youngest son of a teacher and a nurse who grew up on a family farm in western Ohio. He has had a few disreputable occupations, including newspaper reporter and editor, and public relations flak, but is trying to make amends for his sins now by writing poetry and fiction.
His desire to write in these genres never really went away. When his children were safely off making their own mistakes, he turned on the computer one day, stared at the screen for a long time, and began again.
He has published three books so far: "Mermaid Sisters: First Dive", a children's book on iTunes/iBook; "I Came From A Place of Fireflies" published as a paperback and Kindle on Amazon; and a new book of poetry, "Snowflakes & Ashes: Meditations on the Temporary" (Gatekeeper Press) on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iBooks, Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and a few others.
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