Dogs 2012

EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD
(6/14/12)


10 hours
and 600 miles
ahead of me

I feel relaxed
for the first
time
in months

a solo
slot
of time
and open
space
to reset
my karmic
clock

from
the Green Country
to the Cimarron
to the High Plains
to the Rockies
Highway 412
becomes
my teacher

my companion

no wife
no family
no boss
no coworkers
just anonymous
interlopers
along the way
no conversation
required

I watch
the sun
the shadows
moving
with the one
moving
opposite
the others

I feel
no obsession
in arrival
or return
only the need
to travel
as my thoughts
slow
with
the increased
speed

movement
and rest
coexisting
separated
by only
the thinness
of skin

I smile
to the
horizon
and go
just a bit
faster