Saturday, December 18, 2010

Short Drive, Autumn Night

I drive three slow miles in
a green pick-up. Sunlight recedes
and the hollow hum of autumn
echoes over emptying fields.

On the passenger seat a
notebook and tape recorder
glow in the light of the dash.

One mile to the East. Then
I turn onto a smooth road
named after a bridge,
named after a landing,
named after a long-dead man
called Warner, who worked
commerce on the river and
lived in slower days.

Southbound now, the truck carries
me into cool, settling darkness.

I roll down the window
to breathe in the air that
beckons winter. In it,
and in me, there is sadness
and the certainty of loss.