Open Road: Objects of Diffusion in Jacksboro, TN

7 Sep

When I’m on a vacation, be it a month-long backpacking trip or weekend jaunt, each day I plan to leave a section of Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road somewhere along the way. I might leave it in a B&B guestbook, tuck a note behind a hotel painting or write it on a dollar bill I spend at a hot dog stand. In any case, I’ll be tracking where I leave the poem here. I call it The Open Road Project.

I left the 8th section of the poem in Jacksboro, TN on my way to Bowling Green, OH to visit my dear friend Liz. I stopped at Thunder Mountain Fireworks to pick up sparklers for an upcoming party. I’ve always admired the green dragon that looks out across I-75, but have never stopped until now. It is, my friends, a stop worth making.

You air that serves me with breath to speak!
You objects that call from diffusion my meanings and give them

Check out where the poem’s been on Everlater and follow its route stanza by stanza at the Open Road page.


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