The Freight Train of the Unknown

I was writing in my journal this morning and flipped back to a page where I’d written a poem shortly after deciding to ride my bicycle to Brazil…

It was written on Oct. 26th, when a lot people were discouraging me from doing my trip, fearing for my life.

They were calling me, writing to me, sharing scary news reports about Mexico and Central America with me.

Now, as I stand on the brink of my adventure, I still hear the naysayers and the fearful, but I feel compassion for them, and if anything, I simply want to be safe so as to not cause undue suffering to those I love.

Regardless, it was kind of a cool poem, so I’ve shared it below:

Newspaper clippings

Of missing people

Dire warnings, dark reportings

Fear clutches at us all

With bony, creaking fingers

His grasp is tight, choking

We are left longing, hoping

Paralyzed, no action taken

We’re mesmerized by the horror stories

Our minds weave the gory tales

bicycledreamphotographyretrobikegirl-67356e563455c7b628828f0b1e283012_h2Though we long for glory

Adventure and daring feats

We can’t tear our eyes away

From Fear’s channel of defeat

We watch all the episodes

The reruns of hysteria

Yet our secret heart of hearts

Is sneaking out the back door

Tearing our draping fears apart

Rushing to get onboard

The freight train of the unknown

6463955-mdTaking us where the wind blows

Where intuition and synchronicity 

Commandeer our ship

New friends await

New places to love

Where fear is just a seasoning

A pinch of spice

For our full, joyful lives

We eat and drink of this world

With gusto 

As we never know

Which day may be our last

In a world so terrifying and beautiful.


6 thoughts on “The Freight Train of the Unknown

  1. rushing to get onboard, the freight train to the unknown.
    Wishing you the best.
    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  2. thank you for that
    it seems like our society is filled with fear these days
    and the reaction to fear – violence
    i’m so happy to hear your words of sweet clarity and hopeful adventure
    go jahnavi !! i’ll be tracking you

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