Madison Jones Driving Home from the Psychiatric Hospital There was nothing left to imagine. My questions had all been answered. No reason to pull over and watch birds drift into the pulpwood forests, except for the order of their branches, except each mile was a gulf between us, a call unanswered, a letter refused, a year gone without a word and then another. In silence, I sketch endless diagrams of the past. ii Outlines in the sky fragment and shatter. Clouds blend, su√ocate. You lie with your back to the one patch of sunlight that found its way into the room you share with two others. They mumble all night, you tell me, in their sleep, under their breath. 58 Your Seroquel eyes sparkle, but your mind paces white corridors, sometimes remembering how much has passed you motionless, including me, driving back to the beach where we spent young summers catching ghost crabs along the mile walk to the inlet, and scattered handfuls of sand into the waves to watch algae ﬂash soft green lights. The kind of miracle small enough to believe in. Out above us, wind moves through the pines and speaks in a language we cannot
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Dec 18, 2019
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