My youngest son asked one day, where do roads begin,

I thought a minute, then I said, I guess where man first stands.

For in each step our journey takes we move along a path,

That guides us through our earthly lives however long they span.

But when that trail becomes a road due to others use,

We move from crowds to newer ways, seeking deeper truths.

For in this world are many roads built by many hands,

And of this journey which you take choices build the man.

Then he asked how he’d know which road he should take,

And if he took a road that’s wrong and made a big mistake,

Could he change where he stood,

And could it be remade?

I looked at him and then I said, your roads I cannot choose,

But if you follow in your heart,

The rules which you’ve been taught,

Your walk my son upon that road is probably on the mark.

He looked at me, then flashed a smile,

And said he understood,

That man-made roads weren’t his path,

But in his heart, he’d choose……


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An artist/writer as well as graduate of the University of South Carolina with degrees in journalism/20th Century American Literature, and retired senior executive of several international hotel/resort corporations, Johnny is the product of the south having been raised in the ever-changing transient lifestyle of a Carolina coastal resort. A point where he discovered, within his 300-year-old heritage and the world's dramatic social/cultural shifts during the late '60s to early 80’s an ambitious hunger and overwhelming curiosity to touch, see and become a participant in the virtually unlimited possibilities offered to those who wish for and seek life experiences. A journey which when hearing its details initially makes one a bit skeptical, questioning its validity as it is hard to imagine that incidents such as these may have crossed one man’s lifetime. This is the fodder required to step into zones exposing one's personal inner self, which many of his paintings and the words he writes do, openly. An ability to see and hear the tragic, beautiful, accomplished, exciting journey in a life free of inhibitions allowing others the opportunity to live vicariously and become, through his works, a part of its future. His larger works which have been featured in several Colorado and Fredericksburg Texas galleries and resorts have produced a number of collectors and fans. However, over the years, his paintings are mostly viewed by friends, enthusiastic new artist encountered on the streets or a small number of acquaintances he meets when dining in local cafés with his wife.
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Larry Tyler

Being an old dirt road son I Love this. Sage advice to start them on the journey. Well done my Friend Wise Ink.

Len Bernat

Shades of Robert Frost in a very touching poem with a wonderful message – a message that parents seem to forget to teach in this day of over indulgence. Thanks for sharing, Johnny.