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Abandonment and Bliss

April 19, 2010


Abandoned Diner on Highway Between Greer and Tucson, Arizona. Between being a highway diner and its current incarnation as an empty shell, it was a short-lived video rental store.

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”—Hilaire Belloc

Hotel Caliente

your bed runs parallel
to the highway outside

this fever has wrapped you
in aluminum foil        its warmth
is dreamy        delicious

the curtains are parted
the moon above the parking lot
is a snowflake        melting
beneath your gaze

a buzzer goes off        down the hall
you open the oven door
of your chest        and whisper to the bewildered
gingerbread girl stirring inside
run away        run away

run away home

(Originally published in Laurel Review, Summer 1996, Vol.30, No.2)


A Wild Thang, Trapped in a Net of Lights

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