Dogs 2013

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
(2/15/13)


I leave
tomorrow
for Nebraska

the homeland

I will see
my father
80
who has recently
relocated
after the death
of his third
wife

I will see
my grandmother
on the occasion
of her 99th
birthday

she is blind
so will not
see me

I only hope
that she remembers
me

and remembers
that I visited
after I'm gone

I will see
whatever other
associated family
may be
in the vicinity
while
I am there

all of this
is secondary
to the journey

I will be
traveling
alone

my wife
abhors
long drives
so these trips
are the only occasions
when I find
myself
in my natural
state

even
with travel
hassles
to be solo
on the highway
is probably the most
relaxing activity
that I have
this side
of sleep

I let
it all go
and pretend
that my mobile
existence
is my only
incarnation

I have
neither
origination
nor destination

I'm am loose
upon the Earth
with no responsibilities
other
than to keep
moving

I look
forward
to the trip
as I used
to look
forward
to sex

a paycheck

a drunk

the road
is my place
in the sun

and I
can't wait
to be
gone