281, from South Texas to the Canadian border.The migrant highway.Listen to the songs,
Read the short stories,
Loss, movement, broken trucks.
Take some early July time past
Dry sorghum and corn stalks,
Yellow brown, harvested.
Heavy green sugar cane, river watered ….
The mid-summer usual,
Dead grass, withered grass, spindly grass.
Note the findings:
A red and white Santa Claus cap,
Coiled tape measures,
Dead dried sharp-toothed possums,
Fur baked on asphalt.
Dead dried sharp-toothed armadillos,
Gray shells cracked on asphalt.
Shacks with hung clothes drifting in 100-degree heat,
Cars rusting on blocks.
Gated homes, automatic garage door openers,
Circular pools, tepid blue water.
Who tossed the Santa Claus cap?
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, early July 2013