November 21, 2009

on the voyage we made 
 from north to south
 i only stayed behind 
 the wheel once.
 i refused to pull off 
 the last exit for thirty miles.
 a tennessee blizzard
 somewhere that seemed so much closer than it was

 i would not let go of the stiff wheel
 with every bit of our short history 
 and that bottomless future
 freezing in the metal box 
 we dragged behind us.
 you begged me to pull off.
 finally.  but i suddenly could not give up.

 as i am driven to struggle.

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