Farewell to day.  The heat layered

high through dawn, spreading wide over

spaces where long shadows formed beyond

ancient obstacles burdened into place.


Night….finally moved in.


People casually scattered.  Stars opened

their windows onto a black sky.  The desert

diner closed up; its neon’s splizzed out a last

drizzle of sparked light.


A warm migrant breeze slipped over the road.

Coolness followed, pressing onto the sand and

weeds and anything occupying space.


The car’s engine shuddered and then groaned

into labor breathing.  A cylinder war under the hood

struggled to maintain life.


A cloud of dust rose from the car as I tossed a

bottle at the last road sign.





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