ROUTE 66 … Open Road For Promiseland – VEGAS



I include below a section reproduced from the jacket cover of the book.  It may help to put John Powls’ current work into perspective.  Today, below that, I give one more poem from John’s ‘ROUTE 66’ Odyssey.


 Las Vegas, Nevada


Kitsch and culture
Fries and fine
Aircon chill and
Burning strip
Daylight and daynight
Huge inside
Reduced outside
Rational and rash

What more
Can I tell you
About Vegas

A little
Light headed at
Last leg looming
It was where
I cashed in
The faithful
Grey SUV

My prairie rolling
Forest forging
Canyon crawling
Covered wagon
And put it all
On red

The colour
Of Lady Luck
Lipstick and Louboutins
Cliché but not cheap
A carmine
Chevy Camaro
And the top down
High rolling
Desert scorch
Dragging Main
To California

Says it all


Images … Carol Ballenger/Google Earth



The full title of the book is ‘ROUTE 66 : OPEN ROAD FOR PROMISELAND’ … ISBN 978 1 906690 64 7

Copyright      John Powls – Poems 2016
Copyright      Carol Ballenger – Images 2016

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7 thoughts on “ROUTE 66 … Open Road For Promiseland – VEGAS

  1. Nice post again Roland. The poems rhythm instills a bit of recklessness in you when you read it. I have never been to Vegas but this post and poem has stirred some interest.


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