Red Earth, Darkened Water, & Shifting Skies

By: Paige K Duffy


Determined not to get caught
on toll roads, the roundabout
solution from the navigation app
becomes interrupted by a lone
construction worker redirecting
the nonexistent traffic away
from three or so police cars
down the road, detouring the detour.
Pavement makes way for gravel
makes way for dirt paths
that meander around crop fields
somehow still with proper names,
dust kicked up on a hardworking
electric blue Nissan versa
that didn't get a wash
before setting out—one lucky break
while searching for a path
back to blacktops so fresh
they shimmer like water from the distance