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A Road To Nowhere
by Michelle Close Mills

Tuesday, April 19, 2005
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Written in the summer of 2004 after a trip to my ancestral acres...

Itís a road to nowhere

some would say,

stretching far beyond the horizon.

A dusty passage

through ancestral lands

once tilled by long ago kin.

Down that road to nowhere

lies a land that once was

of babies, and dreams,

isolation, despair,

delight, ardent hope,

that always gave more

than it took.

Souls alongside the road

rest in crumbling tombsÖ

the brave and the righteous,

farmers and heroes,

their wives and their children,

their blood in my veins.

On a road to nowhere,

amid a vast sea of crops,

lies a blink on the map,

worthless to most,

but itís the precious place

my heart calls home.


Michelle Close Mills ©

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/12/2006
Awesome poem Michelle, I have no idea how I missed this, but its an amazing write, write on and be blessed
God Bless
Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 4/24/2005
Fine descriptive poem Michelle, and made particularly vivid by the fact that you comment on the downside of the life you are looking at, the isolation and hoplessness. Too many writers sentimentalise "the simple life", forgetting that simple does not necessarily mean problem - free.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/23/2005
A beautiful tribute to a place called "home." Very special, Michelle. I love the way you evoke the sentiments therein. Thank you. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 4/21/2005
A very fine poem! Every word carries deep meaning, and is woven so skillfully into your theme - one that every reader instantly relates to.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 4/20/2005
it reminds me of the crossroads for some know the movie and the eric clapton cover of the song
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/20/2005
wonderful write, michelle; very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your lone star state friend in texas, karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/20/2005
Well written Michelle!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 4/20/2005
Oh I am indeed glad that I read this one Michelle.
Reviewed by jude forese 4/19/2005
i luv the mood and atmosphere of this incredibly moving poem ...
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/19/2005
Does not matter how far off, or how far in the past, as long as you remember home, that is where its at forever...Ed
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 4/19/2005
love it, Michelle! sometimes a Road to Nowhere takes us to the most special somewhere of all, huh?
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/19/2005
Poignant memories Michelle, a shame that they hold unfair
sorrow.A beautiful poem of where your heart rests!

Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/19/2005
We all must look down the road of out roots and you really did well at shareing yours with us.

Reviewed by Sherry Heim 4/19/2005
A peace comes through your verses, Michelle, as I imagine what it was like for you to be there. To see that not so much has changed there over the years, other than those who so loved that place have been laid to rest in the very place where they were probably born. In many ways, life was so much simpler then, yet in other ways it was also incredibly difficult. The most precious part of it all is the sense of family that will always be there for you when you recall your visit to your ancestral lands.
Take care,
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/19/2005
Do not believe that I have ever read anything better in the nostalgic vein, very, very nice.
Reviewed by D May (Reader) 4/19/2005
Michelle, this is great. Taking the good with the bad, but finding the comfort in it all. I just love the feel of this. It paints a picture.
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