Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"Couple" Bruce Willard poem

                                                                  image ©2013 Basha Burwell

You said I was the gas
and someone needed to be
the brake. We never talked
of steering, choosing
the road. I guess
we always knew
which road we were on.

You said I was the gas
and someone needed to be
the brake. But we broke
so memorably,
broke with a flair
that kept us intact

barely aware of the winding
rush of air through our hair.
We were road-bound, driven,
Between the shoulders, our hearts

Moved by something we knew
not to name.
                                                     "Couple" from HOLDING GROUND (c) 2013 by Bruce Willard. With permission of Four Way Books. All rights reserved.

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