Ken Ryu

This road he had knowed,

many times carried him home.

Beads rise from careworn hands,

Sun orange, low, low on the land.

A voice, automated, interrupts,
thoughts disperse, now resume.
Past fading, fades away,

Future inexorable, today consumed.

Moving, pushing, forced from center,

what center, which center, construct or no?

Faster, faster, away , away,

Forward, forward, faster goes.

“Caution, detour, veer left ahead”

Destruction, construction, expansion, extension,

Widen, overpass, underpass, construct,

throttle, throughput, throttle, convention.

Regripping wheel, tension, tensing,

Sun turning red, angry, stare.

Signs splinters, jolting, clutching,

Forward, forward, a road no longer there.

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