Winding Roads and Country Tunes

Winding roads and country tunes make my mind right. Life is a journey of roads and crossroads.  Where do you go, what do you do, to get your mind in check? To help you see the world in a better light. To fully see what could have been to what really what is. This is what I do… I am curious what you do.
Winding Roads and Country Tunes
All I need are winding roads and country tunes.
From the crack of dawn to the late afternoons.
Waylon and Willie, help me get my mind right,
On lonely roads that flow into the forever night.
Miles and miles of hot asphalt, pavement and dirt,
Listening to Jackson and McGraw to get over the hurt.

All I need are winding roads and country tunes.
Wandering the highway, searching for the forever moon.
Love and sad songs from Shania, and Toby Keith,
Help me bury the memories and keep them underneath.
Whoever wrote the sad songs must have known me back then,
They write my story in their down songs over and over again.
The little towns come and go, and the songs slowly fade away.
Listening to Brooks “The Dance” doing 75 down the highway.
All I need are winding roads and country tunes.
From the eastern sunrise to the western horizon yellow moon.
Oh, a favorite, “You’re the One That I Want” by Newton-John,
Hard to believe that Oliva’s sound and music are really gone.
I wonder about the years, like the roads, as they fly on by,
Catch myself thinking too much. I have to quit being that guy.
Oh no, on the radio, Leann Rimes “How do I live without you”
Why did that memory come up just right now, out of the blue?
Roll down the windows, I need the rush to clear my feelings,
Winding roads and country tunes promotes my healing.
This winding road, and the sad memories, flow like a river,
Songs by Ronstadt, Ledoux, Strait, and Jackson are my caregivers.
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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Kurt’s family roots were from western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years, Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographers through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. The Denver Post, PM Magazine, and 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado featured his poetry. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour, and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 16 books all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand, Kurt James novels, short stories, reference books, and poetry, are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt has 3 books that he is currently writing. The 8th book in his Rocky Mountain Series - Raphael Eye for an Eye. His third ghost town reference book, Kansas Ghost Towns, Hauntings, Treasure Tales, and Other BS. And a western/horror novel - Devil’s Tower Spirit of Chiha Tanka. Kurt is a proud member of Western Writers of America.

8 thoughts on “Winding Roads and Country Tunes

  • August 14, 2022 at 5:30 PM

    I love this poem, it takes me back to days of soaring over long roads.. When I drove I loved to go out in the desert on long roads and blast Willie and Waylon songs. Or up in the mountains in Washington on lonely winding roads. I miss those days. Now I listen to those great songs on you tube. I hope you find time to dance, Kurt, when you are not on the roads.

    • August 16, 2022 at 7:29 AM

      Phyllis there is nothing better than your own personal road music. And how could I forget Lee Ann Womack – the song you posted is my favorite of hers. And for me – dancing when I was younger was a staple of life – I was a country swing king! LOL… even won a few competitions way back when. My favorite dance partner was a girl named Tammy Emery. Lost touch with her 40 some years ago. Tammy if you read this – kiss and hugs… our memories are still deep within me…

  • August 16, 2022 at 4:30 AM

    An excellent piece of writing, Kurt. Some of those songs and singers certainly played their part etching memories into our hearts and minds.

    • August 16, 2022 at 7:31 AM

      Each and every one of us has their own personal soundtrack, just like a moving picture show. What would life be without the songs that make us smile and cry. Thanks for stopping by John. Have a great week.

  • August 19, 2022 at 3:07 PM

    “All I need are winding roads and country tunes.” I must say “Amen” to that. Really enjoyed your Poem Writing on this topic. I can truly relate to it. I have truly been down that road myself…many times…I have to add. Willie, Waylon, Keith, Ronstadt, Ledoux, Strait, and Jackson…have spoken for what my mind was trying to grasp…on many occasion. (And other country artists…and going to miss knowing that Olivia isn’t singing on this planet any longer, too!) Hopefully, the winding road and songs have cleared your senses once more…and you can keep your Writings going. Very interesting stories you have announced here with this Writing. I will have to check them out soon.

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