“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Day 2 of 5: A Drive

There was also Mole Road
Groundhog Road.

And then tree roads ~
White Dogwood,
Avocado and Elderberry.
Silver Maple and Hemlock.
Lemon Road.
Lime Tree Road.
Black Walnut

And that is only after I began to take notes.
There was Ash and Lone Oak before,
and others I've forgotten.

We drove out Lavender Road,
leaving town,
passing as-yet empty peach stands
and the turn off to Redbird Lane.

We passed small towns
and donkeys and horses and cattle
and trees huddled over the road,
limbs reaching out to grab us.

We passed signs for sno-cones
and magic
and milk and eggs,
and we trespassed
because we could not resist,
climbing a fence and a hill in skirts and flipflops
just to see what was on the other side.


  1. you trespassed.....you're a bad ass like me....
    now i know for sure we could be friends :)

    have a great weekend !

  2. Mmmmm, that sounds so lovely!!!
    Once I lived on Tupelo Lane. I always secretly heard Van Morrison singing to me when I turned in my street...

  3. i would like to live on groundhog road and i think lamb, as well.

    sometimes, the best things are only found while trespassing. i'm a big believer and doer of breaking rules to win the prize. all the more daring in skirts and almost-shoes...

  4. Tough choice there between blue bird and tranquil, it made me wonder which direction you went in...
    and clearly, you are enjoying the journey.

  5. I really like this poem because it really did remind me of times when I have beent traveling through the areas you describe.

  6. Thanks for taking us on a drive with you today ~ love all the names and that you ventured out ~ Happy Holiday weekend!

  7. Fun street names and possum, oh yeah! Now trespassing, I am just beginning to think I would like to do that, especially when I see an amazing barn. Your adventure was delightful.

  8. have fun .. be careful ... be free

  9. ah... beautiful. Thank you for sharing. It feels like I am traveling with you.

  10. hi there, just popped in to say hi :) and love those road signs. ours here, if we even have any, are dull. my father bores everyone to tears at parties when he recounts the "address" he uses to send me mail: a hut, third termite mound on the right, past the 5th elephant on the left. africa. people always laugh at him :)

  11. sounds like a road trip I would love. i'd like to live on a Lavender Road. T and I would be right there with you on the other side.

  12. I love those two trees standing side by side...and wide open spaces to stretch your arms out.
    What a perfect road trip.


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