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I went to the crossroad
Fell down on my knees
I went to the crossroad
Fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above "Have mercy, now
“Save poor Bob, if you please.”

— Robert Johnson, “Cross Road Blues”

The green sign spells out the destination and the mileage, but that is the road not taken, the road never taken or ever to be taken. It leads not to a place—a place whose name I no longer know. Instead, it leads to a time. Even that destination is empty. There is nothing down that road.

I could not bring myself to drive by that crossroad more than once today. On the return trip I took a long loop around, detouring through a city. Where the city began to turn into perimeter, a road-kill deer lay beside the road, a tawny glow in the late afternoon sun. As I drew closer, a turkey vulture poked its red wrinkled head up from behind the carcass. With its hooked beak and mean black eyes, it looked like the face of death’s caddy.



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Aug. 8th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
Oh man, I wish there was a picture of that crossroad sign at the top of this post.

"Death's caddy" - chilling.
Aug. 8th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
Our perceptions of the world are full of nuances, but the face of a turkey vulture tells it like it is: There are no nuances—everything on earth is either alive or dead.
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