Indie30 Blog Challenge

Day 14, Poetry

For Day 14 of BootsnAll’s indie challenge, they ask us to write a poem about travel. I would love to experiment, in an attempt to discover my poetic voice. But now probably isn’t the time, when this blog post is already a day late as it is.

Instead, I thought I would provide an excerpt from “Song of the Open Road,” by Walt Whitman.

On a geeky side note, I partially love this poem because of the excessive use of “Allons!” — which reminds me of the Tenth Doctor, and his partiality for the phrase “Allons-y!”

Doctor Who connection aside, it’s a beautiful poem. For me, this section clearly articulates the desire to keep moving, continually seeing and experiencing the new; despite challenging moments, despite a longing for convenience and comfort.


Allons! whoever you are come travel with me!
Traveling with me you find what never tires.


The earth never tires,
The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first, Nature is rude and incomprehensible at first,
Be not discouraged, keep on, there are divine things well envelop’d,
I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.


Allons! we must not stop here,
However sweet these laid-up stores, however convenient this dwelling we cannot remain here,
However shelter’d this port and however calm these waters we must not anchor here,
However welcome the hospitality that surrounds us we are permitted to receive it but a little while.

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