Dusk seeps and blurs the skyline come the close of day a pinky lilac ribbon heralds night unto its stage.
The journey is a long one clouds heavy, threaten rain drops fall, refract a tiny world and get wiped away again.
Yawning motorway before me the lamps lick overhead tarmac seams provide the beat and keep my conscious fed.
Driving through the velvet hours with widened, tearless eyes I could be the last one left under orange studded skies.
The rear view mirror silent no followers in sight the road ahead deserted blank darkness left and right.
The headlights kiss a pilgrimage from Dartford all the way up into the Highlands where ghosts of old clans play.
The cast of fading reason blindness gives me bliss mechanically motioned riding the abyss
of barely wakeful notion 'cross the bones of England's spine inverted patterns play upon the windscreen all the time.
Punctuated by reflections blue signs winking in the black past Sheffield, Leeds and Darlington where I'm never going back.
Driving through the darkness steeped in rayless calm rouged by dashboard luminesce atramentously embalmed.
A window down to rouse me night air beholds a trace of perfumed secrets, blown on wings that dance about my face.
'cross this scarred and sceptred landscape it's said all roads lead to Rome except the ones we love the most that always take us home.
The snows of un-illumination settle gently on my breast aimed towards the mountains running north, then turning west.
Though a social creature I crave the company of oneness in transition just the road and me.
Humming, ceaseless through geography with resonance my friend dreaming while I'm wide awake from beginning until end.
The shipping forecast soothes me singing songs of gales and this machine is just a ship with tyres for its sails.
Out upon an ocean of blacktop, good and firm, through slow and haunted moments with no need to turn.
One immeasured here to there one simple action: drive unknowing of the distance only sure I will arrive.
And though dawn will surely seek me for now I'm content to hide among the blessed darkness clasped by shadow deep inside.
I'm compelled to move forever through ghosted, unlit time the road ahead unhindered the solitude sublime.
I wrote this piece about a regular journey I used to make through the night from my home in Dartford up into the Scottish Highlands, to a tiny place called Craobh Haven, around twenty miles south of Oban.