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Holiday's Roadside Wreckage

Holiday’s Roadside Wreckage
                  by Odin Roark

To live as you’re not
To be who society massages you into being
To succumb to counterfeit identity
Is to skid into mere roadside wreckage.

We pass such rubble all the time
The defective and or mismatched parts of authenticity
Merging with Nature’s roadkill
Decorated by gum wrappers
Festooned by beer cans.


Few anticipate the accident,
The head-on collision with reality,
Where darkness and tears
Become the black ice of misfortune.


Some will slow down enough to see when they look,
Realize that reason and logic’s purpose
Is to reveal the highway shoulders and ditches’ necessity,
Irony’s off-road demise for make-believers
Careening unconscious down life’s highway.

Roadside wreckage…

Unrewarding scenery made repetitively prophetic
Until we take the time to recognize and live compatibly
With who we really are.


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  1. Date: 12/9/2014 5:25:00 PM

    Enjoyed this poem, Odin. Nicely put together and insightful, making me think that it's hard to stay out of the ditch.