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Red Earth, Darkened Water, & Shifting Skies

By: Paige K Duffy


I have never in my life
had as many birds shit
and bugs splatter on
my windshield as I have
in the space of the hours
it takes to drive
through Kansas and Oklahoma,
windshield wipers spreading
cleaning fluid in vain, speckles
of white to show for their efforts,
as if there wasn't already
enough need for a carwash
from the roads traveled before.