The road is life

This week’s prompt: –

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life”

― Jack Kerouac, On the Road


“I set out on a journey of a thousand leagues, packing no provisions. I leaned on the staff of an ancient who, it is said, entered into nothingness under the midnight moon.”

-Matsuo Basho, The Record of a Weather-exposed Skeleton – his first travel travel journal.

The challenge is to create a haiku (or a related poetic form) inspired by either or both of the above quotes.  Please create a Pingback so others can find your work or post your response in the comment thread.   I will be setting up a Link Up but time got away from me this week.




The Road to the Holy Grail

This morning I decided I would post “The Holy Grail” by the Australian band, Hunters and Collectors as my next “On the Road” prompt.

Before I did that though I needed to go down town and get some groceries.   While I was there a wild rain storm blew in.   Seeking shelter I went to a second hand store where I found a treasure trove of interesting books.   In a little volume called “Reflections on the Art of Living” edited by Diane K Osbon I read:

“What the Holy Grail symbolizes is the highest spiritual fulfillment of a human life.  Each life has some kind of high fulfillment, and each has its own gift from the Grail…   It has to do with overcoming the same temptations that the Buddha overcame; of attachment to this, that or the other life detail that has pulled you off course…   In the Grail legends, the land of people doing what they think they ought to do or have to do is the wasteland.

“Holy Grail” lyrics

Woke up this morning from the strangest dream
I was in the biggest army the world has ever seen
We were marching as one
On the road to the holy grailStarted out seeking fortune and glory
It’s a short song but it’s a hell of a story
When you spend your lifetime trying to get your hands
On the holy grailWell have you heard about the great crusade
We ran into millions, but nobody got paid
Yeah we raised four corners of the globe
For the holy grail

All the locals scattered, they were hiding in the snow
We were so far from home, so how were we to know
There’d be nothing left to plunder
When we stumble on the holy grail

We were full of beans
But we were dying like flies
And those big black birds, they were circling in the sky
And you know what they say, yeah, nobody deserves to die

You know I, I been searching for an easy way
To escape this cold light of day
I been high and I been low
But I got nowhere else to go

There’s nowhere else to go


I followed orders
God knows where I’ve been
But I woke up alone
All my wounds were clean
I’m still here
I’m still a fool for the holy grail

I am, I’m a fool for the holy grail

PROMPT:   create a haiku, tanka, haibun or haiga in response to “On the Road to the Holy Grail”.    Please post a link to your response in the comment thread.

The journey begins


From the moment I started thinking about this site I’ve been remembering songs and poems about roads and travelling.

To get the ball rolling on the prompts I’ll start with the first one that popped into my mind – a line from an old Irish blessing – May the road rise up to meet you.

Please post a link to your response in the comment thread below so that others can find your post.  Thanks.

Country road - western Ireland

Country road – western Ireland

Here’s a link to my own response to the prompt   🙂


Prompt Schedule

We are all travelling some kind of road – the road of life – the road to the deep interior – the road to nowhere – the road to recovery – the road home …  Our journeys can be physical and/or metaphorical;  inner and outer.

On the Road prompts focus on various aspects of the journey.  Each week I post haiku written by the masters and one of my own photos or digital images as inspiration for haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga.

The prompts are offered as suggestions for your own creative explorations and there is no time limit on responses.     If an old prompt inspires you, feel free to respond to it.  Please post a link to your work in the comment section so that other people can find you work.   Thank you.   I hope you enjoy the prompts.

Each week I will publish a list of links to responses created during the week.   Taking the time to visit other blogs and see how they interpret the prompts is always inspiring and thought provoking.

You make like to tag your prompts   –    #ontheroadprompts   – so that others can find your posts in the WordPress Reader

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