A journey of a day

Poets’Pub: d/Verse prompt: Prosery

On short or longer train journeys these days, I give myself over to the ride, on the train: I let my mind lose, travelling to own speed; avoiding the jet lag – one waits for the other; will clarity settle on the seat next to me, will I be any wiser for it upon arrival? At hovercraft speed, the train of thoughts dives under the water, not to be seen before the other end. Are my continental thoughts different from what I dream up when on the island? Am I different, having stepped off the watery ride? Rilke did not know would he conclude his growth – neither do I, having once, nay twice, nay many times decided to follow my conscience only: They call it foolishness, those who know how to get places. No Bonhoeffer, I still rather follow where life leads me as it did him.

And bring no book, for this one day
Weโ€™ll give to idleness.

~ by Barbara S on January 17, 2022.

15 Responses to “A journey of a day”

  1. Nice use of the lines, Barbara. I, too, like to let my mind wander on train journeys. I think it’s fertile ground for composing poetry!

  2. very relatable, Barbara…

  3. A train journey is definitely a good time to think.

  4. Beautifully written. I can see from your writing that you truly inhabit your days. You won’t conclude your growth but have you ever questioned your beginning. I love Rilke. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog. I truly appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Great piece of prose…a wandering mind presents you with an even better journey,I suppose..

  6. “Are my continental thoughts different from what I dream up when on the island? Am I different, having stepped off the watery ride? ” Love these reflective words. Good segway into the quotation!

  7. I love this… I too love train rides, and this one took me further than anyone else… let life by your book.

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