The road beckons …Can’t you hear?
Whispering promises of freedom from her tarmac tongue
Softly into your waiting ear.
The ribbon of her body rolls shamelessly on
Promising whispers of adventure from her concrete curves
Seductively into your stirring skeleton.
The way is forwards, never back
Whispering promises of release from her stoney soul
Her courage of movement fills your lack.
So if life is a journey, then we always have our feet placed on the road. The road itself is just a way of getting from a to b…..but we all know that’s not true. The road is the journey, and its all about what we experience on the way from a to b.
It’s very easy to get caught up in the storms which try to unravel and dishevel us. Sometimes for me this feels like coming to a standstill, an impasse, and I’m not quite sure what to do to get things moving again. However if I look down at my feet I’m reminded that all I need to do is put one foot in front of the other. Eventually I’ll get somewhere , and the current difficulty will have passed.
The road then is a symbol of our movement, and every step leads us deeper into our own lives.
When I was younger, in the days before mobile phones, I loved the feeling of freedom which came with travelling. Once I had waved goodbye to the family or friends who had come to see me off, I was released from expectation, and from tasks. All I had do to was to sit back and relax into the unfolding adventure. I was free to be who ever I wanted, and to do whatever I wanted, with no one around to criticise or comment. I still crave that feeling of being beyond reach, of not having to answer to anyone. The ties and bonds of our lives loosen a little while we’re in transit. Travel places us in between the recent past and tomorrow, and I’m a big fan of liminal spaces which are neither here nor there.
What can happen, if we allow it, in these in between places, is an opening into the life unfolding around us. There’s an immediacy to the experience of being in the now, as every new corner we turn opens up new views and new horizons. So taking to the road and heading off on a journey can sweep us powerfully into the here and now of our lives. It offers the freedom to move forwards and become ourselves.
You can explore some more photos of roads at Ailsas travel Challenge ‘Roads’.