Open Road: I Love You in Bowling Green, OH

3 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 eighteenth section of the poem at the Campus Quarters, a bar in Bowling Green, OH. We stopped in Bowling Green on our way home from Chicago to spend a night with friends.  We visited the Campus Quarters to enjoy a game of shuffleboard and I was pleased to find chalkboard-painted stalls in the bathroom.  Naturally, I left the poem in one of these stalls.

O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you,
You express me better than I can express myself,
You shall be more to me than my poem.

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