Open Road Project: Do Not Leave in Lincolnwood, IL

1 Dec

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. 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.  Click on the stanzas below to find out where they’ve been left and track the poem’s progress here.

I left the sixteenth section of the poem, in addition to a few words about things I’m thankful for, on our Thanks tree at my childhood home in Lincolnwood, Illinois on Thanksgiving Day.

O highway I travel, do you say to me Do not leave me?
Do you say Venture not-if you leave me you are lost?

photo by Shawn Poynter

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