TORONTO -- One Canadian owner-op recently realized that the pen is as mighty as any 500-hp big bore engine.
David R. Madill, a retired Canadian owner-operator with over 30 years'
experience on the road was recently named the winner of the inaugural
2007 Trucking Poetry Contest by Land Line magazine -- the official
publication of the Missouri-based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers
Madill's work reflects on his experiences and thoughts while on the road.
the years, he has attracted a wide coterie of fans, and has had two
books of poetry published, "Reflections Thru My Windshield Part 1 and
Reflections Thru My Windshield Part 2," with an option on his third
book by Write Up The Road Publishing.
His reaction to winning the contest wasn't what you'd expect of a
former trucker and published author: "I'm still in shock." Adding to
his surprise was winning the Honorable Mention ribbon as well as the
cash prize for First Place.
The contest, held earlier this fall, garnered entries from all over
North America and included every poetry style from free verse to haiku.
While not every entry was from an eighteen-wheeled poet, each dealt
with the glories and the struggles of life on the road.
So what were the memorable words that garnered the honor?
The Last Load:
Alone out in the trailer yard he crumpled to his knees. Tried so hard
to get his breath and whispered, "Not here please." Pain blurred his
vision as he opened up the door. One hand reached for the wheel and he
gasped, "Just three feet more." ? He collapsed into the seat and
fumbled for the key. Then he heard the engine roar and he whispered,
"Now let it be." We found him in the morning, hands clenched upon the
wheel. Eyes fixed on the horizon and his skin gray as steel.
He went the way he wanted, with his boots upon his feet. His hands upon
the steering wheel, sitting in the driver's seat. We buried him just
today, with his logbook by his side. God when you go to judge him,
remember that he loved to drive.
Madill's books are available at bookstores in the US, Canada and on-line, or writeuptheroad.com.Courtesy of Today's Trucking
David R. Madill aka Bookworm is also Administrator in TruckstopCanada's Forums