Long Haul Driver
At first he was thrilled by the road
thinking it an adventure to roam
through cities and states.
His truck a massive 18 wheeler
winding through snake-like
overpasses, gleaming in sunlight
across ten lane highways.
But then he had to drive
so many hours arriving
only to wait for the next
work order, inhaling fumes
in the cold and in the heat.
Later he felt a slave to the
choking engine and ugly
concrete. The same signs
everywhere, big box stores,
eating holes and truck stops
with cheap souvenirs.
Weary of this relentless surge
of everything always going
forward and that demanding clock.
Finally he was left behind.
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His days marched in place
days like tin soldiers each one
pushing the next aside.
Hurry, hurry before it is too late...
inside a gaping hole to be filled.
More and more of the surface
of his life was covered by dust.
The hallway gave off a musty odor.
Night after night, lights burned.
Busted dreams heaped in boxes.
Black marks covered floors.
One edge of his room spoke to
the other. His fan purred all summer,
basement furnace heaved all winter.
This incessant sigh gathering dust.
Less and less energy to clean up.
His body betrayed him, both his
bones, his breath betrayed him.
Tomorrow will be more newspapers,
further rounds of calls, another day of
trying to get appointments. Another day
visiting crowded employment agencies.
Another day not worth remembering.
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JOAN McNERNEY's poetry has been included in numerous literary zines such as Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Missing of the Birds, and included in Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated three times for Best of the Net.