Posted on 09/29/2007

Photo taken on May  8, 2005


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night driving

night driving
South into Jersey on I-95 rain and
windshield wipers and someone you love asleep
in the seat beside you, light on all sides
like teeth winking and that smell like baking
bread gone wrong and you want
to die it’s so beautiful—
you love the enormous trucks floating in spray
and the tall smokestacks rimmed with flame
and this hammering in your head
this magnet drawing what’s deepest
in you you can’t name
except to know it’s there.

Joyce Carol Oates: Night Driving in The New Yorker, June 18-25,2001