I live with my two dogs on the edge of the university research forest, where I walk everyday and think and pray. I have taught at Oregon State University since 1986 and have been a Catholic deacon since 1987. I have written a number of books, including two books of poetry. My second book of poems, THE NEXT THING ALWAYS BELONGS, was published in 2011 by Airlie Press.
Hitchhiking from Scotland when I was nineteen.
Bare yellow hills. Pale blue sky. I was trying to have an adventure
but all I did was wait. Once an old woman and her pug—
once a refrigerator salesman, all the way to Carlisle.
But then another scrubby interchange. The wind bending the grasses.
That night I finally knocked on the door
of a lorry parked on the side of the motorway, and the driver let me sleep
in back, shivering in the faux leather jacket I bought in Spokane
with some of the money I made working at Safeway all summer,
stocking shelves and imagining myself in England.
In the morning, squeezed between the driver and his mate
on the way to Stoke-on-Trent, I had to piss so bad my eyes began
to water. Long gray factories. Warehouse after warehouse.
We spend all our lives trying to find ourselves. And we always do.
-first published in Poetry Northwest
©2015 Chris Anderson