I woke up as th…

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I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn’t know who I was – I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I’d never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside, and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn’t know who I was for about fifteen strange seconds. I wasn’t scared; I was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, the life of a ghost.

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

(I will write an essay on this quote. Expect that soon)

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2 thoughts on “I woke up as th…

    Dennis Cardiff said:
    December 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve always loved the writing of Jack Kerouac. ~ Dennis

      wherethemindroams said:
      December 30, 2013 at 1:39 am

      I have too. I read this excellent biography about him and he was a man of severe internal conflict and was hyper-aware of it too. Kind of a wakeup call to my young self to fix the harmful aspects of my nature.

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