advent journal: road trip


    road trip

    here is a well-traveled
    metaphor: life is a road
    a highway headed west
    wait — not the interstate

    think two lane blacktop
    that hits all the lights
    in every small town
    intentional inconvenience

    that fills the booths in
    soul food cafés filling
    stations of the heart
    where whoever comes

    out to the car or
    up to the table is
    wearing a name tag
    and a big smile maybe

    sadness in their eyes
    either one an invitation
    we are people whose lives
    are drowning in details
    without express lanes

    waiting to see what lies
    just beyond the bend
    of the next sorrow
    traveling side by side

    on our way home full
    of grief and gratitude


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