New Year’s Day
Pudding Magazine #60

In the amber light
late afternoon
along the interstate
when desert mountains
are a warm shade
of rock ebbing
toward each horizon
a side road arcs
between mobile homes
with nowhere to go
and a few houses
barely anchored
to the ground
existing in a world
within the one
pursuing happiness
or whatever
comes close in the year
just beginning
a flat world where people
fall off the edges
windows are shuttered
and doors open only
to let in the wind
while traffic passes
in two directions
with one mind
seventy miles an hour
faster than poverty
can move.

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The Schuylkill Valley Journal publishes poetry, short stories and critical essays. Both the SVJ and SVJ LIT come out twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.
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