The warm summer air flows through the cab of my big blue truck as I wind my way through the Appalachian Mountains. I have been taking an alternate route to my day job due to construction and while it adds a few minutes to my commute the change of scenery has been pleasant. A few mornings ago I happened to leave with enough time to diverge from the main road and enjoy a few minutes of peace near the tracks. The birds are still having their morning chorus and the traffic was light enough to give me that sense of solitude my spirit craves so often. Most of the spring flowers are gone and the fall flowers are just getting started here. Even though there are houses just on the other side of the trees the feeling that I get is that the world has been abandoned.
I gaze along the tracks which beckon me forward into an unending journey as they seem disappear into the forest. The morning mist still givers above the trees in contrast to the flawless blue sky. I’m torn between the desire to sprout wings and rise into the deep blue eternity above the trees and the desire to follow the iron ribbons that stretch out before me. Being an earthbound soul the later choice wins by default. However, the tracks will have to wait for another day. Not only am I bound to the stone and clay beneath my feet but I am also tied to the ticking of a clock. One last gaze into the serene and I must climb back up into the big blue truck and begin to head back into the city.
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