with a banshee at my side,
a loaded gun in the back seat,
and the smell of fire and oil in the air.
The creature in the passenger seat
wails about nothing in particular.
I tell her,
“We’re on the road to Bethlehem, baby.”
She thinks it’s a place to start over.
I know it’s nothing
more than a trailer park
on the outskirts of civilization
with well manicured lawns.
The road cuts ancient lands
that hold the spirits of dinosaurs and Indians,
paved over swamps,
and bottled up water ways
with the window down it smells like rot
and decay after the rain has fallen.
History is melting under the tar of 18” wheels.
The sun is cooling behind me,
she refuses to acknowledge its existence;
afraid that it could take her with it,
I tell her it’s a matter of survival,
no one will miss the man who stumbled across
the great American highway.
Tumbling onto the hood of my car,
breaking him into tiny pieces of blood and bone.
She is not one
to face her own mortal consequences.
I have never been the type
to admit my own faults and un-doings.
What is done is done
and we’re all better off for it.
a sleeping woman at my side,
a forgotten monster in the back seat.
I must remember
never to look in a mirror again.