When in doubt, study the curvature of dead ends. Note how the bend betrays even the savviest of travelers, a winding stretch of aborted circles. Stop is a pause. Yet Not a Through Street is more than metaphor, the point of no choice BUT to return. Being fooled translates to capable of trusting; one should never feel duped for believing in God’s natural landscapes. Maps drawn to scale only serve as a let-down. Yet the biggest self-discoveries result from becoming lost in a familiar neighborhood. One step forward, two steps back to where you began. Hitting the road is a question of checking one’s ego and endurance. A cul-de-sac. A suppressed prayer. A long of list of apologies.
Daniel Romo is the author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press, 2019), When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014), and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). More at danielromo.net.