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31 August 2010 @ 11:35 pm
SPN Poem: "Endless Highways" (PG)  
Title: Endless Highways
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Sam, Dean (Poem, AU Future-Fic)
Rating: PG
Summary (post-Apocalypse AU): Where the universe is infinite, the end is never definite.
Author's Notes: For obeetaybee, who gave me the prompt in the title. Thank goodness she likes this, because it wasn't what either of us was expecting. For writers_choice, this is "Journey."


Truckstops gone from highways spawned
in an age of expansion we never knew—
these ghosts echo from the stories that came before us,
after the West was won but before the world was lost.

In the years before the sky went dark
there were monsters/mountains/melodies
that still remembered how to change.

We had a history once of hardship
lived between stolen breaths and shards of daylight,
when words were weapons
and the power of silver
stronger and more precious than gold.

Now there is little left but emptiness and ash
and the glow of a distant horizon.
We ride into whatever future has survived
side-by-side, heads unbowed and the rest be damned.

-------- fin --------

quarter mile, bunch of horses & some gasolinecalijirl5150 on September 1st, 2010 09:39 am (UTC)
WOW - I'm usually not one for poetry, but I really enjoyed this. Actually loved the imagery it portrayed.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 1st, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I never set out to write fandom poetry, but every once in awhile, the language makes the choice all by itself.

Thanks for taking a chance on it. :D
gunznammo2gunznammo2 on September 1st, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
Lovely, hon. Paints a stark picture of the road so far. Painful but our boys are together. Always.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 1st, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Together, in spite of everything (and who knew just how bad that "everything" was going to become?)-- that's the thing that has always drawn me to this show.
eponin10 on September 1st, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
Lovely. :) I'm a sucker for poetry.

Question? Are you going to wincon this year?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 1st, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Nice to find some people that love poetry rather than flee from it. ;)

I'm signed up for wincon, and even have roommates. Now I just need to force myself to buy the plane tickets when I'm clearly never going to stop hating the flight choices!

Looks like you and Scarlett are going this year. :D
eponin10 on September 1st, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
We are! :) We're still looking for a fourth roommate, but I don't know that we're going to find anyone.

Yay! I'm glad you're going. It'll be good to see you again.
never trust a big butt and a smileobeetaybee on September 1st, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
K-- I think it's absolutely perfect. Beautiful and haunting imagery, I love it! Thank you so much.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on September 1st, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Yayyyyy! That's so good to hear.

I had this whole idea in mind of what I wanted to write for this prompt, which is shown in the final paragraph. I just didn't expect to arrive there quite this way, but once the first few lines were written the poetry gene took over and did things its own way.

I'm so glad you like it-- your prompt was wonderful, and it inspired more than was ever going to fit in a structured drabble. ♥
cindy: spn - ouija handstsuki_no_bara on September 1st, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
i think this is only the second spn fanpoem i've ever seen. nifty! it's kind of bleak, which makes sense, and i really like that it ends with the boys standing shoulder-to-shoulder to face their future head on.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 1st, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
I checked back (and tagged stuff as I went), and I've actually written 3-4 depending on whether a person considers We Were Soldiers Once to be a poem. There's another I've read by desertport that I just loved: Mnemosyne's Garden

The bleakness is a given in a post-Apocalyptic setting (mourning for things lost, remembering those parts of the boys' lives they won't miss but which at least they understood). But given that there IS an "after," and that they two of them will find their place in it together, offers such quiet hope.

With the right person by your side, you can survive anything. To me, that's what this show has always been about. ♥
'Snickpersnickett on September 1st, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
This is stark and true in its beauty. Love it.

I think it's the first fandom poem I've seen too. Very nice work...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 2nd, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Most of the times I see anything like poetry fanfic, it's something horrifying at fanfiction.net. But once in awhile, it can really be evocative. I rec'd one by another author in the comments above. :)
Celtic_Forestceltic_forest on September 24th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
I didn't comment at first because it pretty much would have been "huh." I ruminated a bit, and a phrase I liked the first time has kept tickling my brain. Maybe that's a poetry kind of thing to do. Anyway, it's: "monsters/mountains/melodies
that still remembered how to change."
Thanks for posting this!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked that particular phrase! It's one of the reasons this got left as a poem; it's one of those cases where the meaning is almost too 'dense' for the wordcount (if that makes sense). In that phrase, the meaning is true for all three of those very different things, and I think the subconscious absorbs and understands that better than the conscious mind.

Funny how sometimes these things get away from you. This really was intended to be a drabble, but the language settled solidly into poetry in the first paragraph.