The yard in Minot is covered in floodwater.
The trees move haunted and slow in the night-
wind. Next to the highway a Cadillac burns while
a man looks over the flames, now and then
dowsing the sideboard with water. I lean back,
watching the satellites bury their light
in the faint slate of stars. The engine hums
quietly under my face. The black snake rides
on a ribbon of pure moon, creaking its way
through the pass. I wake up again at the edge
of Montana—silos and rusted-out granaries loom.
Horses asleep on the cusp of a minor hill,
quietly bending their heads to the grass.
I could be one of them, lit by the billboard signs,
watching the cars disappear down the dark road
forever. My train rocks quietly over the soy fields,
bearing the empty container cars west.
Copyright © Kai Carlson-Wee, 2015.
Used with the permission of the author on behalf of Poetry Northwest.