On the Road


I hitch-hike on others’ lives.

See the road through their eyes.

Use their senses to feel.

My feet don’t walk the

weed-blasted asphalt.

My eyes don’t sting

from sweat, dust, snow.

I don’t taste spring, smell winter.

If I hitch-hike long enough

and far enough then

I can leave my own

life behind.

Written for Rattling Bones Poetry Prompt 12 {use a book title to inspire a poem} I chose Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.


22 thoughts on “On the Road

  1. C.C. July 1, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    This is fantastic….love the prompt idea, but the execution is really spectacular….those first two lines in particular are just perfection :-)


    • phylor July 2, 2015 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you.
      My muse or brain snaps into some spark and there it is. I riff from there.


  2. aseriesofdreams June 25, 2015 / 3:32 am

    I am familar with the book but have not had the chance to stop. I remember when he was in my hometown mingling with the locals. “On the Road” thanks for this, it toggled my memory banks. Each place he went must have been an adventure. Lucky.


  3. DELL CLOVER June 24, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    I used to do this…till I made a comfortable place amid the ravages of my own life. Took time and work, but I’m okay. Great poem, great poem.


    • phylor June 24, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      As long as you’re okay! That’s the main thing with life’s “struggles,” that satisfaction with self is so important.


      • DELL CLOVER June 24, 2015 / 9:40 pm

        And it takes some work/effort, frequent “tweaking”.


        • phylor June 24, 2015 / 9:44 pm

          I think we have to shake ourselves up every now and then. Plus life changes around you, and you may need to adapt to varying circumstances.


          • DELL CLOVER June 24, 2015 / 9:55 pm

            Yes, life definitely shakes me up periodically–for which I’m none to happy initially, but I “adapt”!


  4. loricarlson66 June 24, 2015 / 9:08 am

    Oh WOW, Phylor! I love Kerouac’s On the Road… such an inspiring book and a powerful poem you’ve created from it! I love that concept of hitch-hiking through other’s lives to leave one’s own behind… what a powerful image that is!


    • loricarlson66 June 24, 2015 / 9:09 am

      Oh Michael! You must get the book and read it immediately! :D


      • loricarlson66 June 24, 2015 / 9:09 am

        well that should have gone under Michael’s post :(


        • phylor June 24, 2015 / 9:21 am

          That’s alright. You’re giving him good advice! A must read!

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          • loricarlson66 June 24, 2015 / 9:29 am

            It really is a great book… I re-read it last winter


    • phylor June 24, 2015 / 9:22 am

      Thank you.
      I recently bought a copy and revisited Kerouac.
      After reading the prompt, On the Road was the first title that came to mind.
      I’m rereading the books that had an impact on my life. For some, it’s almost a lifetime since I first read them.

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      • loricarlson66 June 24, 2015 / 9:31 am

        I’ve done that over the last 9 months or so… for some reason the FB book group that I joined seemed to be reading all of my favorite books from my teens-thirties and I started reading along with them again :D


    • phylor June 24, 2015 / 11:55 am

      Thanks. I can’t afford to travel so I “hitch-hike” through the experiences of my rich nephew and his wife. Antarctica, Machu Picu, took my oldest grandniece to Europe. And that’s not all the trips they have taken in the last 2 years!

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      • phylor June 24, 2015 / 11:56 am

        Oops. Patagonia — my dream wish vacation!


      • loricarlson66 June 24, 2015 / 11:58 am

        Wow… they are quite the travelers! Maybe one day they will take you along somewhere :)


  5. summerstommy2 June 24, 2015 / 6:42 am

    I find it an interesting concept the idea of going far enough that a new life can emerge and the old one be forgotten……I don’t know the novel you have chosen.


    • phylor June 24, 2015 / 9:08 am

      Kerouac’s factual/fictional road trip is very much part of the “beat generation’s” rediscovering the world.
      This is not a good summary of On the Road! One of my life changer books.


      • phylor June 24, 2015 / 11:22 am

        I want to think that making the past a past tense, you have to travel forward. Not that I follow my advice!


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