Mid-Winter Road Trip

Although the overnight weather report
showed that the coming cold front would stay
up in Colorado for another day
the thin film of snow that drifted
across the streets of Amarillo
told us that Flagstaff was out of the question
So we headed down toward Roswell
hoping for Las Cruces
then onto state route seventy
watching the rain freeze on the road
slowing a little more after every roadside wreck
but still going on
till out on a wide expanse of plain
at a place where a pickup truck was overturned
next to a smashed up Honda
someone else
the highway patrol
had to tell us it was time to stop
had to tell us that some days
there just is no way
to keep on heading west

© 2015 Frank Kearns

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