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22 Countries + 22 Grooves

September 17, 2018

22 Countries + 22 Grooves


We’ve traveled the world of 22 countries -

Alaska the only unvisited blank spot on our US home map -

and we’ve ended up here.


Lifelong wanderlust

blissfully at rest.

For how long, who knows?

But so far, so good.

We’ve got grooves tracking through this land.

Not deadening ones of rote repetition

          of rote repetition

          of rote repetition

          of rote repetition

          that saps the soul of adventure.

Good ones of expectation

etched in the vinyl -

shaped into the vista of a favorite song on a beloved record,

mapping a completeness we didn’t expect to find here.


A treasure map of territory

hidden from view in plain sight.

If people knew,

everyone might be here.

We’ll keep it a little secret, then,

shall we?

But, actually, no.

Not in this land

of the inclusive spirit,

the welcoming arms,

the feisty fighters for all that is fair,

so we’ll share the map of the grooves

and ask the world in.


About JC: Explorer of worlds, poet, visual artist. Wielder of energy, builder of beauty, agent of evolution and culture. Founder and creative voice of The Poartry Project, bringing the power of poetry and art to life to share the wonder, magic and intensely cool vibe of the world of energy behind the world of visible form. Find more at:

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