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Richard Jones - The Road

I, too, would ease my old car to a stop
on the side of some country road
and count the stars or admire a sunset
or sit quietly through an afternoon....

I'd open the door and go walking
like James Wright across a meadow,
where I might touch a pony's ear and
break into blossom; or, like Hayden

Carruth, sustained by the sight
of cows grazing in pastures at night,
I'd stand speechless in the great darkness;
I'd even search on some well-traveled road

like Phil Levine in this week's New Yorker,
the poet driving his car to an orchard
outside the city where, for five dollars,
he fills a basket with goddamned apples.

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Poet: Richard Jones
Poem: The Road
Volume: The Blessing
Year: Published/Written in 2000

Comment 1 of 1, added on July 25th, 2010 at 11:09 AM.
The Road

I love your poem "Rest" and am committing it to memory...Long ago did the same with James Wright's "A Blessing" and so got a great tickling laugh from your wonderful send up of "road poems". Good work! jp

Jesse Philips from United States

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