The Waystation sat open for business
Someone had spray painted “PEACE” above a door of peeling paint
Dusty railroad tracks crossed in front, no longer going anywhere
I had reached this place as a last resort
It wasn’t my original destination nor was it familiar
Gold and billowy white were more my speed
I thought I was bound for finer things
With gentle, sublime music filling the empty space
Somewhere around Prescott I lost my way
I found myself following the coyote calls in the valley
The sigh of the wind among the pondersoa pine
And wound up in Chloride, AZ – sans my bags, my map, and even my shoes
But the view is grand
The sun warms my face
And the tracks remind me that all paths lead
(thanks to Sunday Scribblings for the writing prompt, Guidance. It took me in a beautiful non-direction)
(photo by BrandonStephenson)
11 thoughts on “Guidance”
love the ending,
you are on right track.
From Sunday Scribbling.
The view is so beautiful and your writing is amazing. Love it 🙂
THIS? is amazing.
What a magical train stop…your poem brought it to life and made me want to be there.
When you see places like this you just pray that somehow they will remain to intrigue and amuse visitors for long time to come.
Beautiful words, reminding us that the map is not always leading us in the right directions. Sometimes one needs to look beyond, to find the refilling rest stops that fuel our hearts and beings.
You really make me want to be ‘there’ April..such an assured piece..and very true that you always end up where you’re meant to be (even if it’s not where you set out to go!)..Happy ‘travellings’..and thanks for venturing into my world..Jae
chloride? sounds like an interesting place to lose & find it all. 🙂
love this picture you have painted in my mind.
I like the way you used this prompt and I really like the pciture.
Where does it come from and is it useable with proper credits?
Thank you… Yes, the picture is from Flickr and I have given the photographer credit at the end of my prompt. If you click on his name, it will take you to his Flickr photostream.
The view is indeed grand, isn’t it? All a part of the point on guidance, sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy the view instead of fighting it. The picture does wonders too, makes me think of a little treasure in the wastelands. Very nice! Thanks so much for sharing with us!