HChristian74

Walk the Road Before You

 


By: Hunter Christian

 

 


Walk the road before you


Bask before your shadow


Stretched onto Carolina asphalt


Toward the horizon fate beckons


*


Going, going, gone – the boy morphed into a man awash in the

lightscape of the wayward dawn


*


Take pride in your masculine gait


In the stride each step taken sends,


your body into the future with certitude


Westward bound your calling rings louder


*


Further, farther, farthest – where manhood longed for boyhood

whistled in a yesteryear song


*


Rest well within God's heath and heather


If the inkwell swallows the pen and feather too,


scribe upon the ledger of your mind's eye


Revel in nature's bedchamber beneath a twilit Sugar Maple canopy


*


Sleep, sleepier, slept – lie on fallow ground where native born folk

once longingly wept


*


Find sanctuary amongst prickly sweetbriar that nestle wild rose


Steer clear of sapling whose branches slice the sweet southern

air hard like malice aforethought


The very whipping rod that you lost into the wake,


of a speedboat's tempest as present faded to past amidst the

scent of jasmine and white magnolias.


*


Smile at the passersby who race to the holiday crab shack across

the lake's clear water to catch dinner


For grandfather taught you to catch a fish with pride from the

patchwork dock from where you stand


And, grandfather was a fisherman

Now, you are a fisherman too. 

 

Comments4

  • Shadowbox15

    Interesting perspective on growing up.
    I liked the phrase “bask before your shadow”.

    • HChristian74

      Thank you for reading. I appreciate the feedback.

      Best Regards,
      HC

    • Laura🌻

      HC,
      Your writings are amazing!
      So fastidiously thought out!

      My favorite line...
      “scribe upon the ledger
      of your mind’s eye “...
      Exquisite!

      Your write reminds me of...
      Go West Young Man...

      Ultimately,
      that “young man” will return
      from whence he began!

      Enjoyed the read immensely!

      All the best,
      ~Laura~

      • HChristian74

        Laura,

        I am honored. Thank you for your loyalty to my meager works.

        Your friend,

        HC

        • Laura🌻

          Meager?? You’re
          underestimating
          yourself, my friend!!

        • Drewp

          I have to admit, this is stunning

          • HChristian74

            Thank you my friend. Most aporeciated.

            HC

          • HChristian74

            Thank you for reading.

            HC



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