The Road to 65, Mile 319: Conquistador

October 12, 2015, Chino Valley-

A few thoughts about the day, as we might look at it.

The deer trails, drawing the interest of the hunters,

became the Kinship Trails, drawing the interest of the merchants,

the soldiers and the monks.

The Conquistador Trails, drawing the interest of the pioneers,

the entrepreneurs and the downtrodden,

became the railroads and macadam highways, drawing the

interest of the Lords of Commerce and the satisfied multitudes.

The Interstate Highways, drawing the interest of the masses,

fleeing oppression, become

closed, behind walls and fences.

8 thoughts on “The Road to 65, Mile 319: Conquistador

  1. Publish it!! I love your images, parallelism, word choice, and imagery. My favorite part is “the merchants, the soldiers and the monks.” It reminds me of the Cohens, Levites and Israelites– the structure of Jewish society.

  2. I have a song that laments the old swimming hole being closed down by an interstate. I love being sentimental but I realize things change. Hopefully they change for the better. I want to visit Chino valley next year again!

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