Night Road

On the dream freeway
last night

I watched a bulldozer
break a tie down chain

and roll,
so terrible and slow,

off the flatbed truck
in front of me.

I could not move.
I could. Not. Move.

It was the same bulldozer
that nearly killed my father

on the same bridge
rolling off a flatbed forty years ago.

I woke up gasping–
the bull dozer had shoved

all the air in my room
into a pile and dumped it

in the street below
and it took me a while to find it.

–Burl Whitman

One response to “Night Road

  1. Four stars!!!


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