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Night Drive

The desert at night

is vibrant

with seething, shifting hotbeds of sand

The highway is a green-eyed panther

stalking the night

 

A mirage ahead

Cradles the schoolyard by Main Street

A hair bow crushed into the earth

The thirsty earth that

Swallows weary souls

 

The city far from the desert

Where the drive at night

Coalesces into capture and prey

Where hunting animals

Are the night force

 

The desert into which we flee

Night flying before us

The places we go, the places we’ve been

The pulling of unseen forces

The heat wrapping us into it all

Cosmic and spell-binding

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34 thoughts on “Night Drive

  1. “The highway is a green-eyed panther” is a very apt metaphor for distant headlights sidling toward you, how different nighttime driving is from daytime driving! I like this as a description of life, looking back and reflecting: “The places we go, the places we’ve been / The pulling of unseen forces / The heat wrapping us into it all / Cosmic and spell-binding” Well done, Lana. Glad to see you back. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Joan. I’m still trying to reconcile my work life with my writing life. I’m not quite there yet, but I get really sad when I’m unable to write or read blogs. I always feel I’m missing something….which I am, LOL.

  2. Beautiful! And with it being quite cold around here, the heat of the desert seems somewhat desirable! 😁
    Happy Holidays, Lana! Hope all is well with you. ❤

  3. Hello l. T garvin. I am the producer of funky news – news for kids. I heard about your amazing poetry and I had to see it. Your poems are great. I write some poetry myself. Anyway can you go to my website on comments and please write a kid – friendly poem. You are very inspiring and I will love for my young readers to see that too. All the best….MIDNIGHTLION

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