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  Ghosts of Highway 55
by Lori S. Maynard
Saturday, December 11, 2004
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Inspired by my time spent in northwestern Indiana.

I just passed a speed limit sign.
Itís whispering my location...
At least it is this time...
Iíve got the pedal down to prove Iím alive.
Iím chasing ghosts on highway 55.

A darkened highway with many curves
stretches the imagination
that never seems to learn.
Many have died here speeding through time
and becoming a cross along highway 55.

Through Shelby, a town thatís but a ghost
wrapped around the empty shell
of a vacant factory - no more jobs to post.
And through Lowell following the northern line
There are too many ghosts along highway 55.

I remember staying there when I was young
Driving and swerving through life
dodging after whatever would come.
This is where I wrote some inspiring rhymes...
Inspired by the ghosts of highway 55.

My boyfriendís parents lived on its shoulder
two lifetimes spent along the Kankakee.
Highways crack and lives only get older
before the light within no longer shines
and come the ghosts of highway 55.

With the carnival, we set up once in Thayre,
my first time away from home
spent in the shade of metallic beings there
It was once again Lincoln Daze festival time
as our music lulled the ghosts of highway 55.

©October 1, 2004 Lori S. Maynard

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Reviewed by E. Richardson 12/27/2004
this is good...brought back many memories, especially your mention of the Kankakee. I spent a lot of time on that river in both IN and IL. ..and I use to do lot of target shooting down in Enos...and my favorite dream place was Fetla's...thanks for the memories lady...splendid write here.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 12/17/2004
This sounds like the road through Ut i-15 that once was all the neat little towns that now are bypassed and all those good juicy hamburgers in Nephi and fresh fruit stands in Santa Clara cute little ol towns Meadow for one and the juke boxes on the tables and the sweet lil ol waitress in Beaver, now not even seen . This is a neat write here about the "progress?" we're making. Thanks
Merriest Christmas' and Blessed years
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/14/2004
Captivating verses, Lori. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by jude forese 12/12/2004
the ghosttowns of america are increasing along its highways and byways ...

excellent poem!
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 12/11/2004
I think that we all know highways like this. We have several in our state that has plenty of ghosts to tell tales.
Reviewed by Larry Rochelle 12/11/2004
55 sounds as famous as Route 66. Bet you have more stories to tell?!
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 12/11/2004
Ghosts That Drove Me Home On Highway Rt 30T,5 Other Highways Streets Of 50;70 Miles From Home From Dancen & Drinking,Partying All Night,i.e. Either That Or My Olds Drove By Itself Remote Control Dozens Of Times Strangely Got Me Back Home-I Never Wrecked My Cars!


Reviewed by Michelle Mills 12/11/2004
I just drove down US 1 in Indiana today...and felt much as you did about the memories shared in this piece...lots of ghosts...old homes and barns that just cried out to be saved, rusting cars, abandoned brick schoolhouses from the early 1900's that had caved in from neglect. This is a great piece Lori.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/11/2004
Nice write with many memories worth preserving in words that will live on.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/11/2004

thank you for memories from the midwest--grew up in ohio, have been through indiana, and yes, i remember highway 55. :) the worst wreck i ever had was 20 miles from indianapolis, a week after the indy 500 LOL girlfriend was driving, i was snoozing in the passenger side...dreaming i was on a rollercoaster...i woke up and HEY, we're flipping down the highway!!!!!! cruise control went out at the same time a tire blew...not pretty. thank God we all had seatbelts on and no one was seriously injured or killed...cop told us we were a week late for the indy 500 LOL

thanks for the memory--vivid imagery makes this a keeper--

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)

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