Plain Country Roads More Beautiful than Interstates

Fast & Plain are the prompt words for the #weeklyhaikuchallenge at Ronovan Writes. I like to choose scenes from my life to use as inspiration for my poems. At first I wasn’t sure about how to use these two words. Then I thought of my recent trip driving back to South Carolina from Illinois this week.


[bctt tweet=”I realized why I prefer back roads to interstates. ” username=”GaylWright”]

On interstates there is almost always construction, lots of trucks and it’s very fast paced. 
Country roads have a certain charm about them. The traffic is minimal and the driving is much more relaxed. There is an occasional crazy driver or slow moving vehicle, but for the most part it is an interesting ride. 


Beauty Made Plain
Photo of Smoky Mountain Parkway taken last Fall when I wasn’t driving.


Beauty in Plain Sight


Winding country roads

Unlike fast paced interstates

Plainly show beauty


[bctt tweet=”It’s so easy to move quickly through our days forgetting to stop and notice the little things.” username=”GaylWright”]
Earlier this evening I went outside. The wind was getting stronger, clouds were moving in and rain was on the way. I felt refreshed and relaxed as I listened to the chimes and watched the trees swaying with the wind.



Standing on the porch I zoomed in to get a close up of the purple sage blooms in my garden.



Lovely Purple Sage


Sage is plain and green

Stems grow fast and reach up high

Graced with purple blooms


[bctt tweet=”I hope you take some time to be still in your day and find the beauty.” username=”GaylWright”]


Be sure to check out links to other poems at #RonovanWrites, or add one yourself! It’s a fun challenge to find ways to use the prompt words.


I’m linking up with: #FreshMarketFriday


12 thoughts on “Plain Country Roads More Beautiful than Interstates

  1. Dear Gayl, I love your Haiku this week! I’m with you on those country roads–much nicer than those fast interstates. And, what fun to see some of the herbs in your garden! Is this in some of the new area that you daughter helped you with last year? It’s so refreshing to take time to find beauty in the stillness. I hope you have a blessed weekend, and enjoy being back home. Happy Mother’s Day to you! xoxo

    1. Thank you, dear Bettie! The garden is the one my daughter helped me with. She’s coming again today so we can redo the sections and have them more as raised beds.

      I agree with you that it is so refreshing to be still and look for the beauty. That’s what I did early afternoon today. Just sat on the porch, rested, observed and wrote in my journal.

      Blessings to you! Happy Mother’s Day! xoxo

  2. Yes! My friend and I are driving from ND to Texas. We indeed prefer the country roads to Interstate.

  3. Hello Gayl! I love country roads, so peaceful and inspiring. I always feel like I’m on vacation when I travel on country roads. Lovely poems and pictures. <3 xx

    1. Thanks for visiting, Vashti. Yes, it is usually more peaceful and scenic on the country roads. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the pics and poems.


  4. Gayl, I love your haiku and photos, all equally delightful! It’s good to be reminded to look for beauty in the everyday. I especially like the autumnal image of Smoky Mountain Pathway. There’s such splendour in the golden glory hues. May you enjoy your garden and watching it come into bloom. It’s such an inspiring view! Blessings and love to you, dear friend. xox <3

    1. Thank you, Joy. I’m so glad you find them delightful! 🙂 Yes, that’s one of my favorite photos. We were on our way home from IL back in November when I took it.

      Many blessings to you, dear sweet Joy! xoxo

  5. you are so very right I have visited the city and drove on interstates. I love my back roads and country life. Here in Southern Illinois we are lucky beauty is every where

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    1. Yes, we just visited IL recently and enjoyed some of the back roads. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ll take a look at your blog. 🙂

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