Express Route


Northumberland County Road 9


Express Route *

Traveling express ways and county roads,

anticipating greetings at the host family.

Renewing family ties, sharing tales.

Embracing to convey wishes for 2017.


Oh the warmth of reunions.

Sharing gifts with poems.

Surprises for the young ones.

Treats and hugs. Who can resist?


Traveling during flu season,

providing an express route.

Unannounced bridging the vital gap.

Invisible bugs embracing new hosts.


Oh the joys of family and friends,

sharing more than intended.

Full days, short night, reduced resistance,

creating mixed memories for 2017.


*  To all who have enjoyed my poems, may you experience health and blessings in 2017, bringing hope and joy to all…


Author: Jasper Hoogendam

After 36 years as an educator my career ended due to a TBI. Renewable energy as part of 'walking lightly on this earth' has been and continues to be my interest since my teen years. Since early 2015 I have been learning to live with ABI (Acquire Brain Injury). I don't want to let my ABI limit the goals I set for myself. I'm living with a different brain, not a lesser brain. In sharing my day to day successes and struggles, I am better able to understand how my life had changed and begin to accept the change. In sharing my experiences I'm hearing from caregivers and fellow ABI's. I'm encouraged when my experiences are helping others understand some of the complexity of living with ABI.

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