The Appalachian Trail is more than geography that extends through 14 states and 2200 miles of challenging terrain. For poet Gary Drury, his nonfiction account of his rendezvous with Mother Nature, or, as he describes her, a “cruel, relentless mistress,” the Appalachian Trail represented an epic journey. Drury is not a camper. Not a hiker. Not a backpacker, boulder scrambler, athlete, or rock climber. In order to embark on the journey that he undertook in 2014, he says, “I elected to step 180 degrees outside my comfort zone.” He began the journey as a novice. By the end, he realized that he had undergone a life-
But he’s a poet. So it was perhaps inevitable that he would turn the images into words when the journey ended. He’s writing about his experiences, including the episode where he was nearly carried out in a body bag, and found the physical death to be reaffirming. The journey began, Drury admits, under romantic impressions, he gleaned from a National Geographic documentary. There were times when he questioned why he was subjecting himself to the physical ordeal. He was too stubborn to give up. But just as powerful as his determination was his dedication to the deceased family members he honored with his quest, and the charities, including the Red Cross, St. Jude’s, and the Salvation Army that he supported with his hiking. Continue reading….
I stare blankly into Godless night
In burning brightness of day
No love to take vacancy in the heart
Chaos and Hell’s fire blaze in soul
Veins balloon as blood gorges
I’m gone though I’m here
The emptiness isn’t a daydream
Time forsaken, forever abandon
No memory to remember
Only the clue
Only the clue
Copyright 2018 Gary Drury
Gary Drury writes books, considering where you’re reading this, makes obvious sense. He’s best known for writing poetry and non-
“My primary education was in parochial school where I still burden the guilt today. Not surprisingly my writings clearly convey those inner demons. Regardless of age one never escapes childhood experiences and memories. Probably reason why Edgar Allen Poe is my kindred spirit. One year, I set out to thru-
Family and friends are priority in his life. Then Drury’s greatest joy sharing his earnest passion ‘Poetry’ and ‘Life Experiences’ with others.
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If you dare dive into his imaginative intensity.