In The Time Of Travelers

TravelersAgeless yet simultaneously ancient

Weathered faces with eyes of stone

Rough hands, callused and worn raw

The many battles fought from within

Man versus everything or often nothing

The calmness of empty seas in every direction

Erupting into gale force piercing winds

Painful driving rainstorms, brutal hail

Ice, sleet, snow and fears of a frigid death

Cloudless skies and miles of deserts

Where oppressive draining heat takes toll 

Fierce terrains with razor sharp stony crags

Sinking sands of the quickened kind

And the vast emptiness of dense foliage

Darkened green and thickened jungle vines

Reminiscent of the hangman’s noose

Pestilence and disease commonplace

Torn skin, torn hair, complimentary raggedness

Broken bones and broken spirits

Carried scars upon scars forevermore

No comfort from strangers, nor friend alike

Scarcity of food and parched from thirst

Watching eyes, hidden in the trees and vines 

Tracking every move, waiting for an opening

Some lurking with teeth and claws

Others carry steel, spear, or stone blade

Whether riding battering waves

Or atop slow trotting horses

Iron and living, taking and giving

Keeping perpetual watch, keeping notes

Seeking out if only for the sake of seeking

Holding back means gaining nothing

To map out virgin lands or distant shores

Geological discovery and so much more

Myths and legends proven or debunked

Fighting everything plus natural enemies

These travelers and their prize called…



R J Schwartz
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “In The Time Of Travelers

  • March 24, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Ancient maps can tell us so much of times long gone. I like to study them. Thank goodness for the ancient travelers who mapped the world – brave they were, with unknown dangers awaiting them. Great work here on cartography and what the travelers were up against, Ralph. Well done.

  • March 25, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Infinity discovery what a new day becomes. But back when you could not gps or satellite pinpoint a specific destination, where foothills were traversed on foot and wheels were not made of rubbery softness. Men and women alike strode these paths as you have so brilliantly described to give us the map of the world we see today. Good piece Ralph.~Paul

  • March 30, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Love this. Exploring the unknown, charting it for future travelers, they were the true explorers. Great image of those who traveled the world and mapped it for us in the old times.

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