If there’s time enough for one last
road trip, I’d drive the fifteen
or so states I haven’t visited.
As I counted miles, I’d interrogate
the landscape of where I’ve been,
peel back the onion skin layers
of memories, conduct a final
accounting of my successes
& failures, truths & lies. Without
destination in mind I’d explore
where I might go in the years
remaining to me. At a remove
from my life I’d ask where to, now?
Andrew Shattuck McBride
“Last Road Trip” was my September 2, 2012 and last poem for the postcard poetry project this year! It’s an excerpt from a longer poem I’m working on, tentatively titled (you guessed it) “Last Road Trip.”
I used a contemporary card view of La Conner, Washington, and mailed it to Linda of Rudersberg, Germany.
Best wishes to Linda and all, Andy
Nice, Andy! I hope to hear your longer version at the October SpeakEasy!
Wow, you’ve been to a lot of states. I really like your goal of visiting them all. (My mother has that goal, too. She’s checked off all but a very few states, and has really enjoyed those travels.)
Thank you Jennifer.
I started writing this for Luther’s consideration for SpeakEasy.
Yes, about 15 states to go!
All the best, Andy