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Sometimes we choose the road we will take,
planning our journey, mapping the route,
choosing the highways and byways
often with a specific destination in mind.
But even the best-laid plans may run amok.
Often the road diverges; we are faced with
potholes and pit falls, unplanned detours
past torn up pavement and unforeseen construction.
We still hope to arrive at our destination
yet knowing it will be much later than we had hoped.
Sometimes we are even forced
onto a whole different pathway,
and must regroup to outline
and plan a new course.
No matter…for it was never the destination
nor the route we chose at all…
Rather it is the folks that join us
for some or all of our journey;
whose pathways parallel our own—
who offer us camaraderie and friendship;
we find comfort in their companionship,
in knowing we do not face our journey alone.
…and for me, that has made all the difference.
© Ginny Brannan 2017
Day 29 NaPoWriMo (optional) prompt. Take one of your favorite poems and find a very specific, concrete noun in it. After you’ve chosen your word, put the original poem away and spend five minutes free-writing associations – other nouns, adjectives, etc. Then use your original word and the results of your free-writing as the building blocks for a new poem.