Sunday, August 25, 2013



they walked this highway to no end
up North, a place buses neglect
hitching rides with their fears
where the beast preys on the desperate

the dark clouds covered them in mystery
with the falling rain waiting
as angels weep for the brave
and the beast preys for the desperate

this endless highway of tears
standing at the edge of somewhere
should be leading  towards the light
towards a saviour without a dead end
as  the falling rain drowns the beast

             this photo by  Steven Kelly reminded me of HIGHWAY 16 in Northern  British Columbia
             ...known  as the Highway of Tears...since 1974, 20 or more young women or girls have either
             been murdered or gone missing along this highway.....MOSTLY aboriginal.  This has been
             horrible...and for the most part police and authorities just didn't care....anyways this is the
             poem I many of us have cared and still care.


jabblog said...

My goodness, what a sombre road. Those poor souls - I hope one day there will be answers.

Kay said...

loved the poem and the piece you wrote at the end brought it into sharp focus...x

Berowne said...

Well written, and quite moving.

Cad said...

I enjoyed the explanation of the place, as well as your poem.

kaykuala said...

It sounds eerie, it spells danger! There must be something about it that prompts the killers! Sad but nicely done Wayne!


Laurie Kolp said...

Oh, wow... this gives me chills. Powerful piece, Wayne!

Tess Kincaid said...

Excellent write, Wayne...especially like "place buses neglect"...

Kutamun said...

Gday Wayne ... Well done mate , have you seen Wolf Creek ?
Australia does awesome horror movies, because we dont have to act or make it up !


gautami tripathy said...

Loved your poem and the notes...

cries inside the mind

Carrie Van Horn said...

Really makes you think a powerful write indeed. :-)

Anonymous said...

ah, that road - i wondered where it was... & that it should, but doesn't lead toward a saviour without a dead end - nice

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Very well done!

Truedessa said...

This is a sad poem about awareness and I'm glad you found a voice to speak up for the lost on the endless highway of tears.

All people are important and this makes my heart grieve for the lost and the missing.

flaubert said...

Wayne, heartbreaking poem. Well done to the pic. I hope all is well with you.


Pirate said...

Very powerful,and heartbreaking.