Like a foolish prophet, I said it would be fine
Travel overnight, get there with lots of time
So with the stars shimmering brightly overhead
Off on our hols we set, when we should’ve been in bed
The best shot to beat the traffic, or so I thought
Soon turned into a nightmare, nerves and tempers fraught
No point in venting anger, just sit and wait and chill
The road will be clear once we get over that hill
Stuck in a line of caravans, none moving but an inch
The rhythm of the engine, moaning, snoring, makes me wince and flinch
A plume of red mist from tail lights in front becomes the final straw
Although with nowhere to go we’ll be stuck here forever more
Pick a point upon the road, I say, somewhere to mark the way
And my thoughts return to clean white sheets, between which I could be lay

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

13 Comments

  1. This has happened once or twice with me, luckily when I was younger and had more time to waste.

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    1. Nightmare when it happens now, Oldegg!

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  2. Sometimes journeys are harder than staying at home!

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    1. Exactly!
      Thanks, Jae.

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  3. Oh the ode to the happy traveller.. on British Roads.. lol.. Been there done that.. and not the greatest of starts to a happy holiday week.. 🙂

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    1. There’s always something to complain about on our roads, Sue…! 😀

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  4. Rough journey, but this has some nice imagery.

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    1. Thanks, Lynn… always better to get home, though!

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  5. And my thoughts return to clean white
    sheets, between which I could be lay

    Home is heavenly rather than caught in a caravan of vehicles not moving. Very smooth narration Tom!

    Hank

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    1. Thanks, Hank.
      Yes home is where the heart is, especially in situations such as this.

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  6. Looks like we’ve ALL experienced the late night journey from hell! 🙂

    Good poem Tom! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. Thanks, Prenin – better to write about than be in!

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