Cross country


It makes my heart beat
With an intensity I have not felt before
What is this feeling
The insatiable longing to be where I am not

The silver box
Adorned with a race dog upon the side
Sidles up to the curb
The doors open
An invitation I cannot
I will not refuse

Seconds turn
To minutes
To hours
As the music draws me closer
Our song is playing

I feel like I am moving backwards
Away from my destination
Instead of towards it
I cannot arrive soon enough

The plethora of people
Waiting at my destination
Packed into such a small space
Like sardines in a can
Some anxious, some sad, most indifferent

My heart beats even faster
As if to send out a homing beacon to her
Staring back at me
From the sea of people
With unconditional love
Her innocent and genuine smile
Allows my heartbeat to subside
I am at peace
When I see a refined reflection of myself
My beautiful daughter

We all travel great distances cross-country to reach the next stop on our personal journey. Sometimes, the destination we arrive at is not what we expected when we initially set out – much like I hoped to convey in this poem about a father and his daughter. When I began my journey with writing on this blog, I never even imagined that I would be composing the words in this next sentence.

My first self-published e-book is now available on Amazon. It is a short compilation of four previously released short stories on this blog (Rescue, Open Book, Little Things, and Unspoken Voice). Included is the original story along with a short passage that provides a peek inside the mind of the author – my personal source of inspiration behind the idea for each story.

From today, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 through Sunday, May 10, 2015, you can download the Kindle book for free. Thank you to each and every person who has chosen to read and comment on my humble offerings. You have each helped, encouraged, motivated, and inspired me to take this next step on my writing journey. I hope to be able to pass on a bit of that inspiration to others. Inspire and be inspired.

Visit and download Inspiraction from the the Amazon Kindle Store today 🙂


11 thoughts on “Cross country

  1. Writing to Freedom May 6, 2015 / 10:27 am

    Congratulations Dave!!! You inspire me with your writing, and accomplishment. Today’s poem is very touching. I look forward to reading your ebook. 🙂 Thank you.

    • davecenker May 6, 2015 / 11:25 am

      Thank you, Brad. My unexpected arrival into the world of self-publishing is rivaled by my renewed interest in poetry.

      I find that it is a form that allows me to pour raw emotions on to the page in a very succinct, yet moving manner. I am happy that you enjoyed the poem, and thank you sincerely for your kind thoughts!

      • Writing to Freedom May 6, 2015 / 11:51 am

        I find the same joy in poetry Dave. 🙂
        to passionate poetry!

  2. Mari Biella May 7, 2015 / 8:23 am

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading it.

    • davecenker May 7, 2015 / 10:33 am

      Thanks Mari, I appreciate your kind words, and for taking the time to read and comment – best wishes for an inspired day!

  3. Jill Winski May 7, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    Dave, very cool to see a poem on your site, and congrats on publishing your ebook! Yay! Will definitely go and download it.

    • davecenker May 7, 2015 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you Jill, I appreciate your kind words. I can’t say that I have any real knowledge of how to construct a poem, so it’s more of a free verse story – sort of a cross between poetry and flash fiction, I guess you could say 😉 Thanks for stopping by to read and comment! I always appreciate your insight 🙂

  4. heraldmarty May 7, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Congratulations Dave! I am SO proud of you and so happy to have had the opportunity to follow along on your journey. I downloaded your book and will gladly spread the word so others can enjoy your wonderful writing. This is almost as good as listening to “I’m So Excited” while car dancing!

    • davecenker May 7, 2015 / 3:42 pm

      That just made me smile right there, Marty 😉 Your articles and encouraging words at “Emotionally Resilient Living” have helped make this journey immensely more manageable for me, so thank YOU!

      Stay tuned, I have a few more releases up my sleeve – “Wanderlust” and “Impression” should be available before June 1st. And my longest piece yet (a novella still in the development stage) should be available before the end of the year. “Grace Under Fire” will be the story of Gracie Bartlett which should be a familiar character from the series “Stand Tall” 🙂

  5. Robyn LaRue May 7, 2015 / 5:32 pm

    Just picked it up and should be able to start reading by the weekend. Congrats! 🙂

    • davecenker May 7, 2015 / 5:41 pm

      Thank you Robyn, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and check out my first official publication. It isn’t long – just four short stories – I’m gearing up for so bigger and more original works down the road 😉 Thanks again, I sincerely appreciate you and the other sarcastic muses 🙂

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