long distance century

an artist's impression

it was time to reconnect

with the roads and streets

spreading out from my house

like blue and red veins

some take me out

others bring me back

i didn’t go far

it didn’t quite feel

like the right kind of day

but a few odd sights

and a second-hand record shop

set me right

and made me feel

as if I owned

at least

a small slice of my time.

i can recall an old lyric

about blood

feeling like red wine

it makes me think

of warm days

warmer than this.