Where is the Road to the Road - Beth Krensky
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Where is the Road to the Road

Where is the Road to the Road

The title of this piece is a line from Mahmoud Darwish’s poem, A Noun Sentence.

I was especially drawn to the second half of the poem:



for the present tense a foothold for walking behind me

or ahead of me, barefoot. Where

is my second road to the staircase of expanse? Where

is futility? Where is the road to the road?

And where are we, the marching on the footpath of the present

tense, where are we? Our talk a predicate

and a subject before the sea, and the elusive foam

of speech the dots on the letters,

wishing for the present tense a foothold

on the pavement …


These words cause me to ponder where we are headed during this time of futility, growing hatred and unrest. I am wandering (perhaps aimlessly) in my own desert land looking for the road to the road that can lead us in a new direction.


Great Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah