Charlotte to New York Part II

Charlotte to New York – Part II

travel log for a travel blog

I must be careful. This egg, sausage and cheese muffin is fresh out of the microwave hot! My train, The Carolinian, has a dining car. The Carolinian runs from New York Penn Station to Charlotte, North Carolina and it returns. It is a day train, therefore you get to see many sights along the way.

We just stopped in High Point, North Carolina. High Point is known for making furniture. Sometimes it is referred to as the “Home Furnishings Capital of the World”. (Wikipedia)

My headphones are still on. Bono is singing “A Beautiful Day” and it is a beautiful day. The sun is spreading light across a cloudless sky. There is a haziness filtering the sunshine but that is of no consequence, the sun is in charge this day. My train moves down the track, Bono croons away, my sandwich is cooled off, Bon Appétit to me!

Charlotte to New York

Charlotte to New York

travel log for a travel blog

The sun, just risen, hovers just above the horizon. It beams. It’s glow is a stunning gold which commands the darkness to leave us be as we start our day. Black, sleek headphones cover my ears. Stanley is playing bass, “Lopsy Lu”—the recorded version. I pat my feet as I type on my phone with my thumbs.

I’m on a train traveling from Charlotte, North Carolina to New York City. We left the station five minutes ago and now we sit still as we wait for the freight train to pass us by. Down south freight trains have the right of way.

Once we start moving again, we will have 14 hours of riding ahead of us. I plan to to share a few moments of this ride with you on this blog. So, stay tuned and hopefully, enjoy.

Break Time

The last 3 months – April, May, June- have been filled with poetry events I curated, events wherein I featured. I finished 4 poems and submitted them to Rattle, Narrative and Cincinnati Review. One of the pieces was over 90 lines long. Now it is time for a break. I will spend time reading, taking care of some personal business and tending to my veggie garden. I will be offline for a while but you will see me at literary venues from time to time.

Though I’m On Break

Though I’m On Break

Though I’m on break, I still write. It is what I enjoy doing. I love spilling my ink, my emotions, my convictions, what I see, what I hear and what I feel on a page. Right now I’m working on two long pieces. I normally don’t write epics but this is my mood right now. While one is happy in its nature the other comes with the warning “brace yourself for a rough ride”. I am looking for publishers who don’t mind publishing looking longer pieces.

Good Morning New York!

I’m back in the city again. I left Penn Station about 40 minutes ago. I took off on foot, straight up 7th Avenue, through Times Square, went left when 7th split, walked straight up Broadway and finally found a coffee shop that had hot strong coffee. Sat down, started sipping, listened to Sade’s “smooth operator” sound softly from the overhead speakers. As I think about tonight’s Spoken Word Poetry event, I gaze at the Ed Sullivan theater across the street and I dream.

Coming This Winter on the Jerry T Johnson, Writer Blog

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Coming This Winter on the Jerry T Johnson, Writer Blog:

January

Miscellaneous Poetry Posts (including a few repeats from 2016)
New Series: “Reading to the Pots and Pans in My Kitchen” – I will record poetry readings at my home (in my kitchen) and post periodically. Trial run.
More Posts Related to: journal acceptances, open mics, my favorite poetry venues, etc…

February

February will be my reading period.  Blog posts will only appear once a week during this period.

March – closing out the winter

be on the lookout for more poetry in the month of March.