Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Day 29 Road, a free association poem

The hint for this day was to take a favourite poem (in this case Return to Scalpay by Norman MacCaig), and pick a noun from it. I chose the word 'Road' as it is repeated many times in the poem and has a great significance. Then we were to spend five minutes writing down any words that came to mind in free association with the word itself. This is the resulting poem constructed from those associations, the original word list is beneath.


The road stretches endlessly,
Disappearing over the hills
My destination's at the end
Of the ribbon, in the distance,
At the end of a winding drive
Through valleys' wet tarmac,
Heat-haze hot plains, traffic
Steaming through in tired lines.
Kestrel hovering, roadkill in verges,
The journey home hemmed in
By banks and bridges - roadworks
In view, closed lanes stretch,
But on foot or by car we will visit,
Nothing will keep us away.


©Mary Parker 2017



Destination  ribbon  distance  drive  winding  end  journey  tarmac  valley  plains  disappearing  heat-haze hot  wet  verges  kestrel hovering  roadkill  traffic  endless  tired  car  foot  view  home  away  visit  closed  roadworks  banks  bridges  lines 

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