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The Road Home

On the way to Parkview hospital,
while driving along the Pacific rim,
under a thick blanket of fog,
our car pushed hard against a northeast wind

A winding road through muddy hills
The highway strewn with mud and soggy leaves
from patches of leaning eucalyptus
Wild scatterings of tall and ancient trees

Around each curve a reddish glare of headlights,
forked, and slashed their garish designs 
upon your father's anxious face,
I took deep breaths and counted time

Lights accentuated the grimace of his angst
He kept silent, in such firm distraction,
and curiously  seeing his face light up in the dark,
eased the grimace of my own contractions

Silhouettes of signs and trees
flashing by in lightning's fury
Windshield wipers keeping rhythm
indicating "hurry!....hurry!"
Our new found light showed us where to turn
and soon we curved around the bay,
the winding road led where we learned
young confidence... can show  the way

You found your way into our arms
to a place that owned our hearts
You wrapped us with a cord of charms
and changed to light, a night so dark

When morning came to take you home
The sun broke through across the land
And new adventures waited then
A brand new winding road began

For Kelly Deschler's  Contest: "Just Down The Road"

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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  1. Date: 5/23/2014 9:16:00 PM
    well done..SKAT

  1. Date: 5/19/2014 4:23:00 PM
    Congrats Carrie!! Wonderful write...was not sure where it was leading to, but finally you gave us such a happy ending. From apprehension to joy. // paul

  1. Date: 5/19/2014 10:58:00 AM
    It's a nice take on the theme of the contest. Congrats on the win, carrie

  1. Date: 5/19/2014 8:13:00 AM
    this wonderful piece has a fast, thrilling pace to it so well crafted, carrie... big cheers on your high win.. huggs

  1. Date: 5/18/2014 9:23:00 PM
    Nice Carrie. Congratulations on your high marks in Kelly's contest. Verlena

  1. Date: 5/18/2014 7:04:00 PM
    This was a suspenseful story with a very happy ending, and you told it so well, Carrie! Congratulations on your first place win! Well deserved!

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 12:15:00 PM
    Carrie, i like the way you pulled off the contest.. Congratulations on your win :-) PD

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 8:55:00 PM
    Carrie...this is so touchingly beautiful, I love it! Hugs

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 4:23:00 PM
    A beautifully written stories Carrie..congrats.

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 10:19:00 AM
    The Beatles were fun, but not to compare with the the birth of our children as they begin their own 'Long and Winding Road' by paving ours! RAY

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 9:20:00 PM
    One of my favs., Carrie! Beautiful song. I'm not sure which one of them wrote this but sounds something John and Paul would write! Beautiful! Congratulations on a super win! Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 7:51:00 PM
    Lovely Carrie, we both chose the same song......Seren

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 2:31:00 PM
    Carrie congrats on your win, I loved this journey first time around, as always an excellent write from you...David

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 1:31:00 PM
    Carrie, this poem paints so many visual portraits and emotionally tugs at one's heart. A great write and an awesome win. Rick

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 12:54:00 PM
    PERFECT!! Like always, you have a way of painting life as it is in your poems but even more so, you see and highlight what many of us might miss---and this winding road does lead to your heart.

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 12:16:00 PM
    Carrie, as always you have spun a beautiful and goosebump-inducing tale. You took this title and turned it into a stunning piece! Congrats on your win in my contest :)

  1. Date: 3/11/2013 10:13:00 AM
    After reading your account of the Long and Winding Road I know I was sitting in the car seat beside you for how else would I have become so tense and anxious for our arrival.........How else....

  1. Date: 3/9/2013 1:13:00 PM
    Wooow ... a really good and interesting poem Carrie.- Luck in contest ! - Have a nice weekend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 3/9/2013 1:35:00 AM
    wow, Carrie. I could read a whole book of poems like this one. Just relaxing in my bed or bathtub. You really know how to express life's shining moments most eloquently.

  1. Date: 3/8/2013 4:44:00 PM
    'Don't leave me waiting here... Lead me to your door'...If this wasn't origionally a quatrain I'd love to see the first version!...Beautiful poem from one of my all-time favorite songs and I'm very glad where that road led you (I'm still trying to come up with something and the deadline is approaching!) - Tim