Heart-Worn Highways

I love the night as it is for me that place where creativity lives, it pulses through the night sky looking for writers, artists, poets, and storytellers.  It travels down the heart-worn highways looking for those that need inspiration, bringing the gift of strong ink to the 3 a.m. night writers.

The highway gives more than we imagined, more than an adventure, more than just possibilities and in the end, it will take our innocence.  It is our teacher, a teacher of life, it changes us and sometimes makes us harder.  Hardship stands arm in arm with kindness, teaching us both so that we will lend a hand to someone in need and find courage so that fear cannot frighten us.

I will never forget my time on the road and I often long for those long nights riding in a boxcar.  Every time I hear a train whistle a part of me awakens and it beckons me to return to the heart-worn highways.  That time played a critical part in making me who I am and only the memories call me back.  Those memories are vivid as if they happened only yesterday and they steady me on the road of life.

I will never forget that time, yet I now carry it as experience, knowledge, and perhaps wisdom.  There is a time in our life that we no longer ride the highways, we sit in our rocking chairs and share what we have learned.  Some days we just sit around in silence with no need for words and this too is part of what we learned, sitting quietly with friends, and knowing each other’s hearts.

From time to time someone will say “I remember a time,” or “I worked in the cotton fields in Alabama.” We all laugh knowing this familiar story because most of us here on that porch have been down the heart-worn highways and heard that story and many more.

It was a time when we learned from the book of life, a hard teacher giving us what we needed for our journey here.  It is a blessing and a curse yet like a worn denim jacket it is comfortable to wear. 


Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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