Route 50

Like years, the desert
has no edges — red dust, red
dust condensed, busted ash — like years,
a corrupt uniformity we cut through.

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Where miniature houses sail out
over shelves thrust up, where air breaks
down on rock, on conglomerate
that defines a sky.

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Or dream dry salt seeps
from pores in your calves.

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In one settlement, a headless
fire truck rusting by a shed, plastic
cowboys. In another, rancid
frozen confection.

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One year, the lakes were too white
when we went by.

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Where we go trailing
our own wake of glass, like years
we enter, enter again, stop seldom, and rest
in our own dust impressions.

[Poem originally appeared in FIELD]