For Fireblossom Friday over at Toads.  German words, interesting meanings.  Pick one and write about it. From the past years when I used to do doubtful things. My word is Fahrvergnügen – enjoyment in driving. The vid is from 1990…a classic.

Enjoyin’ the Drive!

“Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.” Anthony Bourdain

2:00 a.m. the summer night is warm
and fragrant as bath water –
The air smells of honeysuckle, wild jasmine –
The moon is huge and lustrous,
its white light limning the landscape in argent tones,
striated straight black trees flashing past my car –
A stereoscopic display of
Blackwhiteblackwhiteblackwhiteblack –
My Fahrvergnügen, my enjoyment of driving
comes from chasing that full moon,
From cutting off my headlights and flowing
along the shining road.
No one else is driving in the moonlight.
No one else is flowing like liquid Mercury,
being shaped to the curves,
Rolling up to the top of a hill
And stretching out to course down it.
The air streams in the open car windows
whipping my hair in my face and out the window. Driving the ghost highway.
I feel around in the ashtray and find the joint stashed therein.
I light it and inhale,
crank up the CD player.
Oh yeah.
Tramps like us, baby we were born to run.
Dah dah dah.


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vicki
    Sep 20, 2018 @ 23:19:10

    Varoom! Varoom! I loved this one!


  2. oldegg
    Sep 21, 2018 @ 07:45:37

    This took me back a few years driving across Australia. Dah dah dah, indeed!


  3. Kerry
    Sep 21, 2018 @ 08:41:59

    There is a most beautiful use of language throughout this piece.


  4. Vivian Zems
    Sep 21, 2018 @ 09:04:11

    This is perfection. Your words took me along that road in the moonlight.


  5. hypercryptical
    Sep 21, 2018 @ 10:11:43

    Yum – what a wonderful adventure, and I totally agree with Kerry’s comment.
    Anna :o]


  6. coalblack
    Sep 21, 2018 @ 10:15:03

    I absolutely adore this! From the striated trees to the dah dah dah, it may be my favorite ever, of yours, because it speaks to me so much.


  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 21, 2018 @ 17:44:56

    I love when you write about driving in the moonlight… I remember it from other poems, but I’m happy that I don’t meet you when I’m out driving…


  8. Pat: willow88switches
    Sep 21, 2018 @ 18:02:30

    quite the trip here … no pun intended …. LOL … okay, maybe a few puns 😉

    I love how you’ve brought us into the moment, the sense of escaping into the night, chasing the moon, driving along the ribbon stretch of an empty silver roadway …. indeed … this is an ambient and very atmospheric poem … filled with wonderful imagery! suits your chosen word perfectly 🙂


  9. Sherry Marr
    Sep 21, 2018 @ 19:30:00

    I used to love driving when I was younger. Now I am more of a cautionary tale….I do best in villages, dare not risk the city. LOL.


  10. annell4
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 10:23:49

    I don’t think I enjoy driving, maybe as much as I used to. But I did enjoy your poem.


  11. anmol(alias HA)
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 18:21:10

    This is such an adventurous ride, but more than that, I love the setting with the fragrance of the summer night, honeysuckle and jasmine smells, white light and argent tones. It all creates such a wonderful mood.


  12. Vivian Zems
    Oct 01, 2018 @ 20:57:32

    Reblogged this on Smell The Coffee and commented:
    I’d love to share Toni Spencer’s poem…loved it.


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