Return to Home Page

August 11, 2009

Inspirational Poetry: Tony Hoagland

Everyone has a piece of writing that just speaks to them: poetry, music, a book (maybe Rolf’s book).  Some people remember exactly where they were when they read Atlas Shrugged, for example, and others, when they first heard a tinkling piano introduction.  Words aren’t just meaningful for themselves; they also bring back who you were when you met them for the first time.  not just “where you were” in physical space, but where you were, in yourself, in your thoughts.

For me, Tony Hoagland is a crapshoot.  I love some of his poetry fiendishly.  Others, I find too crotchety, too cavalier, or too Pittsburghian.  But this excerpt, from “Reading Moby Dick at 30,000 Feet“, so perfectly encapsulates some of the way I feel about traveling, I wanted to share it with you.

Imagine being born and growing up,
rushing through the world for sixty years
at unimaginable speeds.

Imagine a century like a room so large,
a corridor so long
you could travel for a lifetime

and never find the door,
until you had forgotten
that such a thing as doors exist.

Better to be on board the Pequod,
with a mad one-legged captain
living for revenge.

Better to feel the salt wind
spitting in your face,
to hold your sharpened weapon high,

to see the glisten
of the beast beneath the waves.
What a relief it would be

to hear someone in the crew
cry out like a gull,
Oh Captain, Captain!
Where are we going now?

Posted by | Comments (1) 
Category: Travel Writing


One Response to “Inspirational Poetry: Tony Hoagland”

  1. Travel-Writers-Exchange.com Says:

    Thanks for sharing this poem. I think it’s a great way to show travel writers that they can branch out. There’s no reason that you must stick to writing articles or guidebooks. Travel writers could channel their “inner poet” once in awhile and create something other than the standard travel article.

Leave a Reply

Main

Bio

Books

Stories

Essays

Video

Interviews

Events

Writers

Marco

Paris

Vagabonding.net

Contact


Vagabonding Audio Book at Audible.com

Marco Polo Didnt Go There
Rolf's new book!


Vagabonding
   Vagabonding

RECENT COMMENTS

Csaba Hajdú: Loved it

rsol: You remind me of my own such experiences. When I was a child, we lived in a...

feedback on buying cialis online from MD price: Shiver me timbers, them’s some...

discount cialis online no prescription: I’m shocked that I found this info so...

tolvajok: Spot on with this write-up, I actually feel this web site needs much more...

Carrie: Oh yes definitely agree that there are some charming things that really do make...

Rene: Nice blog! Even I have been planning for a World tour, and my wife and I...

Raymond: Thanks Jess! :)

Best cheap protein powder: If you desire to increase your know-how just keep visiting...

jcp thousand oaks hair salon: At Supercuts, our designers are a few of the finest been...

SPONSORED BY :



CATEGORIES

TRAVEL LINKS

ARCHIVES

RECENT ENTRIES

What adults can learn when traveling with their parents
Vagabonding Case Study: Kristin Addis
Korea’s no-man’s land
Pros and Cons of Off-Peak Europe Travel
Vagabonding Case Study: Jennifer Doré Dallas
“Authenticity” is often a pointless fetish for travelers
Traditional Christmas in Europe
Being vegetarian on the road
Teen travel- more than being “thankful for what you have”
Vagabonding Field Report: Sharing a Simple Meal with a Humble Family


Subscribe to this blog's feed
Follow @rolfpotts