Daily Prompt



I long to escape local scenery

Mountainous high-rises, condo beehives

Cringe-worthy lives squarely compartmentalized

Glassy illusions of life

I long for nature’s bucolic beauty

rolling hills, sky-high trees, misty breezes

along sunny speckled creeks

I long to escape behind the wheel

and watch nature rush past in verdant rows

I close my eyes escaping towering high-rises

the wheel vibrating beneath my palm

 the wind tickling my ear and brushing my face

as nature swims toward a cerebral destination

arriving at a greener hallucination



Copyright 2017 by E. Denise Billups

Photo: Courtesy of Ales Krivec



8 thoughts on “Arrival”

  1. I really enjoyed this, Denise. Reminds me to be thankful for where I live in the Upstate region of South Carolina. In thirty minutes I can be in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, numerous cascading waterfalls, pristine rivers (the Chattooga of “Deliverance” fame; the Chauga, plus many lesser mountainous creeks which feed them. Add in hundreds of miles of hiking trails all within an hour’s drive and you have a natural paradise. Thanks for the reminder not to take such wonders for granted. 🙂


    1. Michael, I’m jealous! South Carolina sounds wonderful. Lately, I’ve contemplated leaving the city for a less stressful environment. My family is from the south, residing in Pensacola, Florida. I’ve been in New York since I was a child and don’t know If I can give up city conveniences. But nature has been calling for a while. One day, I might pack up, jump into the car, and follow the road to a more bucolic surroundings. 🙂 Thank you for the response, Michael!


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