The Friday Poem: The Road

Each Friday Benicia Patch will publish an original poem. If you would like to submit your own poem, please send it to benicia@patch.com.

"The Road" by Dennis lund  

I awoke, not knowing where I was

I reached out for the one not there

I knew not where she was

Soon I knew I was not where I wanted to be

Sleep was slow returning

I need to be

where I need to be.


Now that you’ve read the poem, here is a commentary by Benicia Patch Poetry Maestro Jeff Burkhart:

Today’s poem is from a friend and colleague of mine named Dennis Lund and is entitled, “The Road”. Some of you may recognize Mr. Lund’s name as he is a weekly contributor to the Op-Ed section of the Benicia Herald. In his career, he travels extensively and is away from his home and wife during the week and throughout the year.      

In a former life, I spent at least 250 days a year on the road for 30 years and so I understand the feelings expressed in “The Road”. You are away from your home. You don’t get to feed your pets and play with them. You won't be helping your kid with the homework. You won’t be sharing a kiss as you leave for a long day’s work. You can forget who you are or even become someone else. Does absence make the heart grow stronger? I don’t know. What I do know is if you’re not careful it can make the memory grow weaker.     

Until next Friday,  

Jeff Burkhart  


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