I've been traveling to Cape Cod for years, though I haven't gone back to Provincetown in a while. But a few years ago, I wrote this poem and it still holds true.
A MOMENT TO BREATHEThe drive must includeMusic to make the trip
Feel like a vacation has begun.
looms in the background New York CityAs smaller towns
Melt one into another.
ABBA blares from the CD playerTo make 95 North
’s stop and go. Connecticut
and the body reacts Rhode Island
As if a boulder has been removedFrom the small of my back.
The sign says
Cape Codto the right
And a smile falls across my face.
The windows are rolled downAs I start to smell the airThat says "welcome & relax."
The traffic sometimes intensifiesUpon the approach
To the Sagamore bridge,
But once I cross it,My whole body releases,My mind feels freshAnd I have found
A moment to breathe.
|Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, MA|