Freedom is an Open Road

For Becca and Alex Foss

Originally published on Roam Wild and Free

 

 

As I sat upon a mountainside, with all the world before me

I observed the sun, high in the sky, running its daily course

And I thought to myself, Isn’t this the way things are supposed to be?

And the answer came easily, without any doubt, without remorse

 

All the money in the world couldn’t buy a bluer sky than this

Nothing could warm my heart more than the sweet Wyoming sun

No worldly possessions could ever bring more happiness

Than the satisfaction I feel here when every day is done

 

So if I ever leave this country

I’m sure its blue skies and western wind will always call me home

And I will stay on this road and follow wherever it goes

Some people may think that all I ever do is roam

But they don’t know what I know—that freedom is an open road

 

Just the other night, I heard the wolves, singing their song to the moon

And I thought I heard them calling my name, with their strange melodies

And I hope I can hear their song again soon

Because to me, that song is as majestic as a symphony

 

When I smell these pines it’s a sweet release, from worry, care, and stress

The rushing waters comfort me, and let me know I’m safe and sound

Without any help from man, the way nature planned it is the best

With bears and bison, and the trees and grass, keeping me company all around

 

So if I ever leave this country

I’m sure its blue skies and western wind will always call me home

And I will stay on this road and follow wherever it goes

Some people may think that all I ever do is roam

But they don’t know what I know—that freedom is an open road

 

 

Cover photo taken on the Bliss Pass trail in Yellowstone National Park

50 thoughts on “Freedom is an Open Road

  1. Love this piece. Just a few alterations….pine becomes gum tree and wolf a cockatoo…. and you could be writing from the other side of the world here in Australia. How amazing that you can convey the peace and freedom we all can feel in our happy place even when they are so far apart. Thank you.

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    • Thanks so much for reading and for your kind words! I have not been to Australia, but I would love to visit. There is something very calming, renewing, and inspiring about nature, even in its great diversity. I’m glad you enjoyed this!

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  2. That is a heartfelt poem. All the money in the world can’t buy a sky bluer than this. That spoke to me. And amen, freedom is an open road, and to some a warm abode.Thank you for writing this, and thank you for visiting my blog 🙂

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  3. Thoroughly enjoyable. I’m a great fan of the outdoors, wild camping, and just relaxing while walking and climbing the local hills and mountains of my local countryside in Wales. You capture the essence of it extremely well.

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  5. Very good poem. Repetition is a lost art. Have you studied the poets like Wordsworth or Keats? I like your craft—simple poems are good poems—but with myself, I find diversifying my types of poems helps bring inspiration. I say Wordsworth because I think you could try something similar to his, inspired by your hikes in the National Parks.

    You might actually get offended by Wordsworth’s difficulty, but I find if you read his poems over and over again, pay attention to every line and punctuation, you’ll figure out what I mean. I would love to see your nature experience translated to those kinds of poems. Though, you’ll have to read one of Wordsworth’s poems and get it to know exactly what I’m talking about. I find you have that capability, but metaphor is one of the most beautiful parts of reading poetry— and with your diverse travelling, you should have no problem finding inspiration where Wordsworth couldn’t.

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