a sonnet for the road

Wednesday, February 19

These streets that twist and turn in front of my
rearview like I left you that night last spring-
twisted in your sheets, heart breaking, a ring
without a hand to hold its diamond high-
lead me down the same road, the same old sky.
But now my car is empty and I sing
our love song in silence, my lips that cling
to the last taste of you and our last sigh.
The suitcase skyline holds me here although
I try to pack your smell under my bras
and travel size shampoo. But I can't drive
away, can't seem to drive your scent below.
The wheel circles round all of my faux pas.
Without you here all I can do is drive.

via *


  1. Driving is a form of freedom, even when it means escaping from something.



  2. wow! very cool! love the imagery! very well done!

  3. i love your poems and writings that are about missing someone who was there once. i can't help but say it all the time, so very beautiful

  4. Very well written. Absolutely beautiful.

  5. "I try to pack your smell" .....lovEd that!

  6. Em! Your writing gives me shivers. You should have millions of people reading your work because it is just magical. I love that we, as humans, can still feel love and longing even when somebody is gone. It just proves how strong emotions are.

    Your comparison to driving is perfect. I know the feeling. For me I can be drown in floods of tears, I get in my car and my mind drifts from the current into the world around me.

    Laura xx

  7. i love driving, i can't remember what i did the days i couldn't drive when i wanted/needed to get away. it just gives me such a sense of freedom x

  8. "Without you here all I can do is drive."

    Love this.

  9. I can't drive, i wish I wasn't so irrationally terrified by it, but that feeling of moving, the need for moving, i totally get that x

  10. "my lips that cling to the last taste of you…" this reminds me of the last morning spent with my now ex-boyfriend. he was packing up his car to move far away and when we kissed goodbye, i just had this weird feeling that it was our last kiss. i kissed him extra hard, and i'm glad i did because it turns out that it was, in fact, the very last one. i like this sonnet very much.

  11. Emma i think this is my favourite of what poetry you have shared on here! It has such an alive rhythm to it, poetry with a heart beat xxx

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Thank you for your words; they light a fire in my heart. You are lovely.