15 May 2014 § Leave a comment
I left home on a journey today: a road trip to visit family in Michigan. I expected my usual travel-adrenaline, the thrill of away. Instead I found dread at crossing the bridge that spans the Connecticut River and signifies the end of New Hampshire. To distract myself, I listened to the journey of Simon Armitage on the car stereo, the narrator’s voice like thunder through the mist on the Pennine Way. Similarly in Vermont, I wound along hairpin curves in cloud so thick I could barely see the hood of my car. Armitage dodged bulls in the fields he crossed; I dodged a family of Canada Geese [a mated pair plus five yellow-green goslings] as they attempted to cross I-90. And like Armitage, I lost my way. But only once. And only because I trusted (rather than overruled) technology. I’m halfway there; tomorrow the reunion begins, and hopefully with it joy. But for now, for tonight, I’ll sleep covered by the same bank of grey that reaches across New York, across Vermont, and blankets my Meredith meadow.
subaru crawls through cloud,
lines and signs all but invisible—
©2014 JS Graustein
Rochester, New York USA
3 November 2011 § 1 Comment
It’s a day of all things French today. Picked up a tap-n-go bus card that works a lot like the Metro passes. Ate brunch at a creperie run by French-speaking Algerians. Picked up petit pain et pain au chocolat at a French bakery (not run by French speakers). The sky was even in a melancholic mood, turning from blue to grey in the blink of an eye.
And tonight? I’m off to an international film festival that promises to disturb and provoke thought, as well as entertain. But not even the darkest film will bring me down tonight BECAUSE I HAVE INTERNET ACCESS AGAIN. Not in an Alvarado Street eatery, but in my rented living room. Ah, luxury:-)
P.S. If you want today’s Coastal Meditation, here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrpFSDJnE6g