Saturday, June 26, 2010

AMERICAN INTERSTATE

I grew up in America
revealed as Interstate,
ribbons of engineered
concrete weaving through
woodlands and fields,
bypassing burgeoning cities
or whisking us safely through
them on our way to
desirable destinations.
If it’s not immediately accessible
from an Interstate exit,
does it really matter,
does it exist?

 
I hope it’s obvious I do not view American life via an Interstate anymore.  Interstates, it seems to me, have simultaneously opened up travel in America and dumbed down the collective American soul.  The best, worst and most interesting of America is not seen or accessible from an American Interstate.  And yet, most of us choose to drive Interstates most of the time.  Why?  They’re usually the shortest and fastest route between where you are and where you want to go.

1 comment:

  1. Interstates, it seems to me, have simultaneously opened up travel in America and dumbed down the collective American soul. The best, worst and most interesting of America is not seen or accessible from an American Interstate.

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