Road Sleeper

  after J. K.


It is time now
      for my feet to roam in
          open, wide road like
              a gypsy-man.

I will sit
      on the grass, seize
          the stars and the night's
              sweet breath.

I will pay
      the sky with tears for
          starlight, bed life
              in highway's canvas.

It is time
      to go home in the dark
          where sleep is
              good and gold and long.



- ksm / 2015

32 comments:

  1. i don't know but i long for the comfort of my bed after every travel.

    go and explore the world Kabayan :-)

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  2. there's a time for being out on the road and a time when we know it's time to go home... sometimes the road feels like home as well... i slept once outside in the desert with just the sky above...it was both - the most scary and the most magical experience...

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  3. Yes...there is no place like home..it is golden...and can be safe

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  4. This is so good.. and resonates with my heart a lot, the bliss of roaming and how sweet the return.. and home is where you want it to be. I must say I have missed your writing a lot Kelvin. So glad to see you back :-)

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  5. Good, gold and long sleep sounds about right, so I'll puff up the pillows on my bed and see if it works tonight.

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  6. I love the cadence of your verses Kelvin ~ I specially admire the second stanza, and that ending with the sleep that is good, gold & long ~

    As I just had a good night sleep, a good morning to you then ~

    Grace

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  7. A sound sleep is something of a paradox. Others doze off in the midst of a meeting while others were tossing and turning in bed. Great write Kelvin!

    Hank

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  8. Your poem makes me think of "For everything there is a season." There is a time to roam & explore, a time to sit and gaze, and a time to return home to rest in one's own bed. There really is time for all in life.

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  9. the journey lives in my feet and heart...calling me on...
    but just as well they call me home at the end of the day...i def have the passion for exploration though....smiles....

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  10. I like the different stages in your poem, Kelvin, and the images you choose to express this. And I agree that after time well spent it is good to go home and have a good night's sleep.

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  11. light and with movement... wonderful to read... we'll all want to travel now

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  12. nothing like a warm long sleep after an adventure.. so seize the road..

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  13. This is so lovely. You took me to that grassy field, looking at the stars and breathing "night's sweet breath." Gorgeous writing.

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  14. This is lovely ~ a sense of wonder, exploration and freedom ~ and then the comfort of going home and a good night's sleep. :)

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  15. i luv the summary of the journey, and the alliteration of the ending verse;

    lovely write

    much love...

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  16. As you said in comments on my poem--I could read this over and over. It is something I would like read to me on my death bed. But then, I tend to read that into a lot of things. This is stunning, Kelvin.

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  17. As you said in comments on my poem--I could read this over and over. It is something I would like read to me on my death bed. But then, I tend to read that into a lot of things. This is stunning, Kelvin.

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  18. I've traveled to drop my brother off at his work a couple times, and literally drove across the way to a motel and slept in my vehicle. It can be cumbersome getting up earlier than the norm.

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  19. What a lovely travel through this verse ending in blissful sleep.

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  20. The last two verses are my absolute favourite. Beatifully penned. :)

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  21. I like the sheer joy that radiates through this piece, and especially the ending at home.

    Elizabeth

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  22. Wandering in the wide road as gypsy and then come home, full of nature's wonders - simple yet rewarding life for soul ...nice one

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  23. I have already read it twice....Beautifully penned! :)

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  24. I love how your poem progresses, and the last stanza brings in soothingness :-)

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  25. Nice - the structure really aid the impact.

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  26. Kelvin,

    So nice to read your poetry again. It is nice to let the spirit roam it can be so freeing and then finding rest at home.

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  27. Oh, what lovely words these are! And I am not familiar with the piece by Kilmer you are inspired by, so shall have to go hunting. Thank you for that gift too.

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  28. Great poems. Its always good to be inspired by those around us.

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  29. Really nice to see you again today, Kelvin. Perhaps you will have a poem to share another time. I will watch for you. Smiles.

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Thanks for the kind words!

- kelvin s.m.