An Ordinary Road


I was thinking about some of the wonderful sights I witnessed this summer on my hike through Scotland along the West Highland Way, and it brought to mind how lucky I really am. This photo is from the Glen on the way out of Kinlochleven en route to Fort William- the last day. It also put me in mind of something I was writing back in April of this year.


An  Ordinary Road


“There is no such thing as ordinary.”

Said the old man to the child and

Grasping at her hand he drew her

Out the door, down to the lake

To watch winter’s last breath

Draw ripples on its skin;

To see budding flowers

Dance in carefree time

To a new spring breeze.


“There is no such thing as ordinary.”

Said the grandmamma to her charge,

Who would barely lift his eyes

From the screen clutched in his hands,

So she cast it out the window

And the train would smudge the landscape

Painting stripes across a passing countryside

Rattling cruel laughter at the boys surprise.

But she could open up his eyes.


“There is no such thing as ordinary”

Said the teacher to his class.

Remembering perhaps, that moment in the past,

When first he saw patterns in the river

In the stones and on the road.

Tasted patterns in the food within his bowl.

When he first stole a glance at a world

So beautiful so real, which in its turn

Would steal his heart.


“No such thing,” he said

“As an ordinary road.”


About Maitiu

I am a collection of aspects. A father, a husband, an uncle, a son, a teacher, an aspiring writer, an amateur photographer, a poor guitar player, a slightly better singer... Online however I am a 365er looking to find out what people make of my personal poetic musings and my photographs. Drop a penny in an old man's hat and let me know what you think... (Leave a comment!)
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5 Responses to An Ordinary Road

  1. Powerful first stanza (and what a superb photo btw) but surely it is winter’s breath – rather than breathe?

  2. LRose says:

    I hiked the West Highland Way two years ago! Lovely

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