Where was the last time you let the darkness wrap around out. Where does it lead? Is it dangerous? Is it comforting?
Driving at Night
My heart leaps at the feeling of my brother beside me
laughing and laughing. his smile shadowed
in passing headlights along the rolling hills
outside Bridgeport, Nebraska
I feel the weight of the car shift.
I steady my hand on the wheel
as my Grandmother joins us
I used to be the one in the backseat
Grandpa driving 45 down highway 26.
It meant that we stopped for breakfast
before we hit Henry on our way to Wyoming
Caution has a place.
Fear leads to haste.
Pride is allowed.
Sorrow is precious.
Tonight, my dear friend joins us
The undertones of sunblock
and something sweeter fills my nose
I smile. We've come a long way, and
we aren't finished yet.
She is ever the guide.
I was missing her tonight.
Smiling and crying,
I barrel down a six lane Maryland highway
like the wise moon will stop
waning and waxing and becoming new again.
The car is full. I am wrapped
in the arms of heaven
the on-coming cars are sharp and bright
in this well lit darkness,
I'm whole and I am home.