On The Road Again: Poems About Traveling

Updated on March 23, 2017

For The Love of Maps

I do not know when or where my affection for maps

commenced; I also cannot determine

when—and under what life-altering circumstances—this

love affair—one which, unlike others, hasn’t pulverized

my heart until it is scarcely

recognizable—will conclude.

Consequently, I’ll continue to display map after map

in my northcentral Idaho dwelling to,

whenever I’m feeling unjustifiably complacent,

remind myself of the existence of a wild and wonderful

world I have yet to see enough of.

A Map of Africa


Four Cities Not On My Travel Wish List

Despite my frequent bouts of wanderlust, I can

readily list places I have no desire to see: Truth or

Consequences, New Mexico; Mumbai, India;

Cold Bay, Alaska; Shanghai, China. Even if you’ve

mirthfully explored these locations, please do not persuade

me of their merits. Like you, I am finite. There is a limit

to the places I can and will see while I remain, as C.S. Lewis

once remarked, a Soul who has a body.

Have you ever been to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico?

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The Cascades

My enamored reaction to these mountains was perhaps

fated in the way essential matters of the heart

supposedly are. When first glimpsed—in

the second half of June—the sun appeared leisurely, almost

an afterthought. Clouds, with their

emotive texture and shapes,

enhanced this extreme landscape of such extravagant

beauty. I hope and pray for a joyful reunion; I wish,

wisely or idealistically or otherwise,

to free fall into

an abyss of boundless affection.

The Cascade Mountains


The Open Road

Ever shifting in identity, she can be a mistress,

temptress, unforgiving taskmaster, and

loyal friend. Today, because the only

place I “must” be is mere blocks away, I do not

daydream needlessly about the marvels

which exist across oceans or state lines. In due

time, I will hopefully explore again—whether solo or in good company. Paper maps will

be consulted beforehand and during, yet,

as a seasoned sojourner, I recognize how much

any map cannot share with anyone who

has a need to be on the move.


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    • Julie K Henderson profile image

      Julie K Henderson 13 months ago

      Dear Ralph,

      Thank you for your kind words. I happen to agree.

      Take care,


    • RJ Schwartz profile image

      Ralph Schwartz 13 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      A poetic travelogue certainly seems more valuable than a standard map or guidebook, for its the description that convinces the visitor to make the visit