It's taken me all the lifetime
That I've known so far
To get exactly here.
It's taken me
Roads and roads and roads ~
Counting the miles
Sometimes even the lines on the street
And playing games with the passing colors of the cars.
Those ships full of countless faces
Packed into cabins
And me... sneaking onto forbidden parts of the upper deck
To watch the sunrise on the water.
So many airplanes
I have flown on since before I was two
Running up and down the aisles
As a tiny little child
With all the strangers
On any flight through the sky
And I still do that don't I...?
It has taken thousands of cups of coffee
Breakfast in cool little diners by the highway
Midnight rest stops in the mountains of Tennessee
… Countless walks on the beach.
All those gorgeous ocean shores
On this and the other side of the earth
With my feet sinking into the wet sand
while the cool waves lapped and tickled at my ankles.
And wandering down paths in the woods
The Redwoods were my favorite.
Trees so profound
In that California Forest
As a child I was sure I would reach heaven if I climbed one.
Years of exploring city streets
In every state
Walking by shops and little cafes
Where music from street performers
Would call to me.
And I never did stop traveling…
Meeting the eyes of strangers
In so many bus stations and airports
Lingering in shops
As I walked
through that airport in Seoul, Korea
I took off, told my friends
I'd be back in time to catch the plane
just wanted to find the perfect souvenir to take
home with me
I was hoping to see
I remember climbing Island Mountains
and shopping busy markets
in the Philippines
on the other side
of the world
where I saw sights
you wouldn't believe
could never describe ~
then back to the states
where I walked, wandered, waited and watched for you
the way I do.
So many people I met
and every face I saw
looking for that one single spectacular connection
I knew for sure I would find
And all those roads
all the flights
all the ships
and roaming nights
they served me well
so perfectly well
because here you are now
in my life.
Poems I've written over the course of my life and recently.
All Photos and
by Charity Janisse