Embrace Me In Darkness

Poem Starting With A Line From Norman Dubie

sometimes a whole civilization
can be dying peacefully in
one
young
woman
as she drives her car at 100 km/hr

she inhales her cigarette
looks at the rear mirror
she left the city behind
the cars fell away at the highway
she turns down the music
                              hesitates
a winking second
and steers the car from the road
into a path that has seen no tyre marks
she knows every bump
every stone and the thorn thicket
that scratches the metal of her car

the orb of the universe dips ahead
she pulls up her car here,
rolls down the shutter
allows the pool of moonlight
brush her in milk
night is thick with the smell of tree jasmines
heady, sticky with sex for insects to rub on

she starts her car, switches on the headlights
drops
        down
               like a star on a deep summer night
slow
noiseless
with the twins just sprouting arms and limbs
in a foetal hug to brace the fall

the lantana weed growing in a crevice
gets tugged away to be found on the steering wheel
that she does not have to use

Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo # 13

 

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9 thoughts on “Embrace Me In Darkness

  1. Tragic and very atmospheric, Uma. I like
    “allows the pool of moonlight
    brush her in milk
    night is thick with the smell of tree jasmines
    heady, sticky with sex” – wonderful.

  2. Enjoyed the rush of the car and the rapidity of life, only to slow down in the end and capture the essence of the now, in the moment, life as it is meant to be.

    Nice job, Uma!

    ~Mark

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