Tuesday, August 08, 2006

One Deep Breath- "Scenic Routes"

Growing up as a kid most of our vacations were spent in a RV. We traveled all over the united states on some pretty amazing scenic routes. I was entering puberty and hated every minute of it. I crawled up above the drivers seat and buried myself in books. I missed some really beautiful scenery. I was moody and brooding as some teenagers do being confined with parents and a pesky brother.

Sounds like menopause! LOL I wish I could do it over again and enjoy the view...or maybe not. I've hated long car rides ever since.

Driving across states
pages turning, states a blur
plumes of gas floating

A home on wheels
crammed in a box, I can't breath
brother on last nerve

See other scenic routes here

16 comments:

Jennifer said...

these are good, so vivid.

Star said...

I'm not a camping kind of gal, but I've never been out in an RV. Sounds like pretty close quarters.

It made for good haiku fodder though!

bella said...

These were great. Sounds exactly like a teenager on a road trip. I was the same way when the parents packed us up in the station wagon (ugh) for a two day trip to hellishly hot Florida. I had pesky younger sister that got her gum stuck in my hair and colicky 9 month old brother to deal with. I'm sure my parents suffered more than I did.

Deb R said...

"brother on last nerve"....oh man, do I ever remember that from childhood road trips! My brother and I shared the back seat of the car and the only time we weren't driving each other nuts was when we teamed up to pick on our sister. :-D

Cool haikus, Tammy.

betty said...

I always thought it would be fun to travel around in an RV, but I think I'll have to save it for when Jim and me are sans children because Matt would be that moody teenager about now.

Loved the poem you wrote.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I particularly like that first haiku - states a blur!

ian russell said...

a different perspective on the theme, tammy, well done. you paint an excellent picture from a teen's point of view - i can really feel your loathing of the whole deal! excellent. :o)

Becca said...

Typical teenager reaction, I think, and you captured it perfectly in those haiku. I've always sort of felt that way about motor homes myself - "crammed in a box," indeed!

mikim said...

Oh yes... RV travels in summer I remember them well. Your haiku reminded me of many summer travels driving across the country with family.

S.L. White said...

Great images, Tammy! And so familiar... Being just back from my dream trip, I can just add that it's different now, as a "grown-up" and making a journey of my own choice... being in the driver's seat instead of a helpless captive.

Thanks for the trip back in time...

Sandy said...

You captured that time exactly! Our trips were from Oklahoma, across the desert, to California, in the summer.
In a car,and I always had to sit in the middle. An RV would of been great, and you are right, we did not enjoy the great views.

Jemima said...

I liked these :-)

If only we had hindsight as children. It's so hard to see what you're going to value when you're older, when you're young. Oh, the opportunites I missed.

paris parfait said...

These are wonderful! Reminded me of a couple of long road trips in a station wagon with my parents and two brothers. They were annoying and I was carsick. Although the scenery I saw along the way stayed with me always, particularly of New Mexico. And years later I went back to Santa Fe and lived there for a time - first time I'd been there since I was five years old!

bb said...

oh LOL- after reading many haiku eulogising the scenic route (wonderful as they are) your sense of humour is a breath of fresh air x

Pearl said...

Like reading the mood of the RV. Interesting photo animation you have going in the top left corner. I haven't seen that anywhere else.

madretz said...

Have you seen the movie "RV" with Robin Williams? I think you'd enjoy it. As a child, my husband went on rv trips every summer with his family. We went to see the movie with them and they were laughing so hard because they could relate to almost every scene, including the brooding teenagers.