Updated: Dec 19, 2022
The crows perched high up
on the billboard sing through
swollen cheeks and pursed lips,
like forgetful mockingbirds they
call to feet, cars, planes, and ships.
You leave your homes behind and
follow their song,
and traverse beyond
highway, cloud, and sea
goodbye, farewell, so long.
And then deeper in its gut
other dulcet steps and
hums abound and
all around they show the
possibilities of home
or just away,
you are here, brave, ready to board
or even, when you close your eyes,
it could be - today.
A reflection on the lure of adventure and the unknown. The crows perched on the billboard are described as calling to people, beckoning them to leave their homes and follow their song. The "dulcet steps and hums" that are heard deeper in the crows' guts suggest the possibilities of new places and experiences that await those who are brave enough to embark on a journey.
Written as I was about to board a plane to South Africa. A trip I’ve done many times before, but never quite enjoyed. The logistics of travel I mean. The long drive, the queues, the throngs of people removing belts and shoes to be granted passage beyond the first of at least three more gatekeepers. That being the case though, the jubilation of seeing the smiling, sometimes teary-eyed faces waiting at arrivals is always worth it.
That’s what travel has been for me the last few years. But for others it could be many other things, like going on a well-deserved holiday, attending a business conference, or perhaps the last leg of a long journey to become an expatriate. The point is, if the opportunity is there to see more of the world, take it. Don’t let the fear of leaving your cozy couch and safety of four familiar walls deprive you of the blessings that may lay beyond the borders of comfort.