poetry by j matthew waters

turn by turn navigation

what should we do when the lights go out
do you remember that one time
[of course you do]
clouds coming & going as they please
each time a slightly different
version of its former self

we’ve made our way to this town before
where the five-way stop is unmarked
[and that one time]
we took the wrong turn & knew it
but we kept driving north
until the road was no more

lights burn out while others reappear
it’s like a reflexive movement
[we’ve talked about it]
designed to keep you experimenting
road trips without maps
& nights begging for light

may two thousand twenty
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2 thoughts on “turn by turn navigation

  1. Lovely sentiment – thoughtful and transporting as always

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