Map & Travel

Nepotism. It’s such an ingrained part of all societies. Who can resist opening a door for his or her child? Not me, certainly. Which is the reason I’m showcasing my best work, a guest poet, my son, during this "Sweep’s Week" of having this site featured in "What’s Your Story?" on the Best of MSN. I hope you enjoy his work. If you do, feel free to let him know. You might even enjoy seeing his photography, accessible on his site through my web link, "ASliceolife." 
 

travel

by P Ferenczi

 

movement is bodies changing location,

as when refugees flee war zones

or the family drives to the beach

hoping problems will stay at home.

 

travel is mental mileage.

distance between states of mind,

the monofilament flash of thought

like the fishing lure’s flight

drawing out the shining line.

 

the mind uses movement

as tinder for travel.

 

the poem is a map,

a train

and a track.

  

map

by P Ferenczi

 

this dot is Paris.

this line a railroad snaking through

monochrome countries, beige, purple, orange.

 

names squiggle along blue hairs of rivers,

names arch across vertebrae of mountains

            (the names are the mountains).

 

this cartoon world folds neat in my pocket,

flat, simple, a Disney view from low earth orbit.

I trace where I’ve gone, plan where I’ll go.

 

the abstraction of it thrills me.

a bare outline but so precise,

a coloring book

waiting to be filled in

with the being there.

 

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12 Responses to Map & Travel

  1. Patricia says:

    I love "mental mileage"…and "a coloring book waiting to be filled in with the being there"…
    He is very good, Jorge…a chip off the old block…

  2. Nellie O Apple says:

    I thought I\’ll post before going to bed.
     
    this dot is Paris…
    <><><><><><>
    the poem is a map,
    a train
    and a track.
     
    Have a great Day, J!

  3. Lakota Clay says:

    Very nice.  You compliment each other.  L.

  4. Christopher says:

    Hello!!
     
    I just took the opportunity to drop in after visiting my friend kelsey\’s Space. I just wanted to say hello! I like the posts you have here, I shall be back to comment properly.
     
    Take care and have a good day!
     
    ~Chris

  5. Anna says:

    I think your son is a very talented poet. I really enjoyed his pieces. I write also-so it is refreshing to read something new and different. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Kathryn says:

    First, I didn\’t remember that you were "Medico Musings!" Dagumit! Whenever I have two friends that are up for something, I abstain from voting….I knew I should have clicked on it, for I kept saying "this sounds familiar…" but I was lazy and did not — *sigh*
     
    Now, on to the poetry…Bravo!—this is good poetry, Jorge! HOw old is your child? I\’m quite impressed….one of my favorite lines is:
    names arch across vertebrae of mountains
                (the names are the mountains).

  7. Deborah says:

    Jorge, I could not resist telling your son how wonderful his photography and poetry are.  You must be a very proud papa.
    Blessed be,
    Deborah

  8. Joe says:

    Loved it.  But as it always is the case, poets starve to death.  Keep the day job.
    Best Wishes,
    Joe

  9. Cheryl says:

    as when refugees flee war zones
    or the family drives to the beach
     
    Great contrast and gets the point across well.  I am using a RSS reader so I can\’t see the photos.  Mental Milleage is another terrific concept…Lots ofthem to dwell over and this is crafted by a great word smith…..  I loved it.

  10. Christopher says:

    Psssssssssssssst!!
     
    I really enjoyed that verse! I was thinking \’how true about travel being distance between two states of mind\’, because I myself have always felt that in order to have a \’mental vacation\’ we need to actually physically \’move\’ somewhere different. It\’s amazing how movement of body can actually cause movement of mind……
    Very interesting actually! It even gave me an idea for a blog, based on the same principals…
    Take care Jorge,
    Thanks for dropping by, it was a pleasure to meet you.
    ~Chris

  11. Renee says:

    Hey jorge!
    I went and looked at your sons photographs last night …he is an amazing photographer! His pictures are wonderful…I especially liked the one of the little girl looking at the pair of legs…
     
    renee

  12. Deirdre says:

    Quite a poet you have there.  You\’ve got to be proud!

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