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Route 66

Updated on November 2, 2009

I saw her in my dreams
Curves that went on forever
It made my heart hot,
Flashing lights in ghost towns
Floating like stars in butter
As if time had stopped

Dinosaurs make jokes
As the tourists drive by
But no one stops to inquire,
Pale faces peer from windows
Asking silly questions why
As history hangs from a wire

Route 66
Where grandma and grandpa kissed
The cities where legends dwell
And modern society missed
The stars stayed at the Monte Vista Motel
Now only ghosts exist
On Route 66

My wheel just seemed to turn
From the blinding interstate-
I was in a different world,
No brilliant lights accosted me
No salesman made me wait
Time slowly unfurled

I could see the faces
Of thousands of boys and girls
In the back seat of spaceships,
Trying to catch the moon
In their tiny little fists
Somewhere lost on Route 66

Route 66
Where grandma and grandpa kissed
A place where legends are told
Modern society missed
As wishes on falling stars bend low
Now only relics exist
On Route 66

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      Nikki Wicked 6 years ago from Louisiana

      its a long, hard road, on route 66.

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      SwiftlyClean 8 years ago from Texas

      Hi Chad this a good write,NICE!

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      crickette_w 8 years ago

      Wow, this was neat. I grew up on route 66, and have done a lot of road work on it. Loved this poem. You took me back to it. Thanks.

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      donna bamford 8 years ago from Canada

      So you are a poet too. I was particularly touched by the one about Christ.

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      brandonfan 8 years ago from Mid West

      Nice! I really liked this one. I can hear it playing in my head.

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      SunShineSnow 8 years ago from Texas

      Very good work Chad.

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      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      You wrote this yourself? It sounds like such a classic piece of literature! I have always loved the word "relic" and I think it's perfect for this piece

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      Chad Taylor 8 years ago from Somewhere in Seattle...

      thank you!

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      donotfear 8 years ago from The Boondocks

      You have a very keen descriptive gift. I like it very much.

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      queenbe 8 years ago from NY

      This is very different poetry and I liked it.

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      Rose Kolowinski 8 years ago

      I've traveled on parts of the route. It takes you back in time. A fantastic tribute to Route 66, Chad.

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      Bukan 8 years ago from India, Kolkata

      Nice one dear thanks for this most touchy hubs

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      Chad Taylor 8 years ago from Somewhere in Seattle...

      Yes Laringo you would never regret it!

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Makes me really want to take a trip on Route 66. Just recently I have acquired an interest in this historic route, even checking out a book at the library and doing some internet research. Perhaps after my husband retires we can make that trip down Route 66.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Very NICE!! Blessings!!!

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      Chad Taylor 8 years ago from Somewhere in Seattle...

      Manly, thank you for those words they were priceless. Coming from another poet and "travelling man" who obviously seen many roads I was encouraged to see and read your words today!

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      manlypoetryman 8 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      Absolutely Great...Classic Marker of Time and Americana...captured extremely well! I love that dang ol' highway...and you did a great job of capturing time and events on Route Sixty Six...I like how you mentioned back in time with grandma and grandpa kissing. Then, hinted about the lil' kiddies stuck in the back of some of those ol' huge cars...just going anywhere! : ) (and with the dinosaurs looking on)...How real..capturing detail in a great poem and theme. The only thing wrong with this poem is...I didn't think of it first! Welcome to Hub Pages...Bring it with the "Manly" Poems...Adios, my friend.

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      Chad Taylor 8 years ago from Somewhere in Seattle...

      Thank you for the insight and encouragement AEvans! Glad you stopped by I am trying the alt type now...

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Love it!! I have traveled down Route 66 and my parents have told many stories about it. Wonderful poem however do one thing place a copyright symbol on your work there are people who will steal it. :) simply push alt, hold it down and type 0169. :)