Treasure Island

Max Reif

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This Moment


This moment on the road
St. Louis to Chicago
on a sunny day,

AC breze in my face,
hat band a little tight on my head, brim
coming down into my field of vision,

pen in hand, notebook
poised on the steering wheel,
specks of dirt on the windshield,

my body at perfect
rest on the cushioned seat

as the soothing green
corn and trees slide by
on both sides of the highway,

120 miles from St. Louis,180 to Chi,
2250 since I left California,

58 years,4 1/2 months
since the day of my birth
& who knows, till my death,

this moment in time,

many joys and horrors
vanished beyond
the horizon of the past,
their titrations residing as memories

this moment
I am competely happy

Submitted: Thursday, June 29, 2006
Edited: Thursday, August 12, 2010

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  • Nimal Dunuhinga (7/13/2006 1:25:00 PM)

    Itinerary to happiness! What else a human being wants? The moment which goes to past in few seconds. (Report) Reply

  • Linda Ori (7/11/2006 11:06:00 PM)

    Well, I liked the poem, but I'm not so sure about the writing while driving scenerio! lol! Your happiness could be shortlived if you aren't careful. (Once a mother, always a mother!) Nice and carefree - Chicago is my kind of town..............
    Linda (Report) Reply

  • Philippa Lane (7/1/2006 8:22:00 PM)

    'The horizon of the past' - I like that a lot, and I enjoyed the poem. It's good - and am happy that you expressed your own happiness in the moment. (Report) Reply

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