the vanishing past by Bob MacKenzie

Poem title: the vanishing past  Poet Name: Bob MacKenzie Poem begins: across the parklands a line is drawn straight  to distant mountains  rising from the horizon  where the line fades out  for teens in the sixties the cars were old but ours  rods and bangers all and those highway lanes  our eighty mile getaway  boys and girls flying  across that infinite space  a hundred miles an hour  pedal hard to the floor  windows open to the wind  our hearts at full revs  life on the line for now  flying to the road’s end  more alive in this place  near the vanishing point End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Bob MacKenzie  Previously published in the anthology Inspired Heart for Teens (Melinda Cochrane Publications Ltd., 2019).    Canadian poet Bob MacKenzie grew up in a photo studio in mid-century rural Alberta with artist parents. His father was a professional photographer and musician and his mother a photo technician, colourist, and painter.  Raised in this environment, he developed an affinity for photography, the intricacies of language, and an eclectic range of music. Bob’s poetry has appeared in more than 400 journals across North America and as far away as Australia, Greece, India and Italy. He has published eighteen volumes of poetry and prose-fiction and his work’s appeared in numerous anthologies. His poetry has been translated into several languages, including Persian (Farsi), Greek, and Arabic. Bob has received numerous local and international awards for his writing as well as an Ontario Arts Council grant for literature, a Canada Council Grant for performance, and a Fellowship to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Tbilisi, Georgia. With the ensemble Poem de Terre, for eighteen years Bob’s poetry has been spoken and sung live with original music and the group has released six albums.