Dogs 2010

KANSAS DRIVEBY
(8/12/10)


coming
over a rise
on US 75
just south
of Topeka
a collection
of insistent
orange cones
herd the traffic
of the two closing
northbound lanes
onto the shoulder
where an emphatic
officer of some type
is moving his arms
hands spread down
as if fanning a flame
to indicate absolutely
that we had better
slow
the
fuck
down

the highway
is clogged
with emergency
vehicles

fire
police
highway patrol
and some oddly
blacked out
SUVs

in the center
of the circus
is a charred shell
of an automobile
resembling
an Escalade

the fire
and smoke
are gone
and the tires
melted away
to pools
of tar

if bodies
were involved
they have already
been taken
away

it is
a bare
empty metal
monument
to everything
American

we drive
alongside
single
file
in a funeral
procession
by association

just
past the scene
the cones cease
and we accelerate
back to 70 mph
and beyond

I wonder
at the meaning
of it all
as I plan
my next stop
for fuel
and food

some
of us
still
travel on