poetry by j matthew waters

north by northwest

let’s see what’s different today
besides which way the wind blows
pushing us all the way downtown
where everything seems to stay the same

when we were strangers
all the windows were boarded up
as if a hurricane were imminent
threatening inland for hundreds of miles

but that was yesterday
and today is just beginning to bake
top down on the 30-year-old roadster
car radio unable to pick up a frequency

all day we headed north by northwest
stopping at every other vacated town
commenting about eerie similarities
and those darker clouds in the rearview

april two thousand twenty
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