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an original poem by Joshua Brown
Until I saw that bright light flash back
Towards our car, blinding momentarily
The two of us, driver and passenger
And behind us, our children unaware
Of the impending connection involuntarily
With infinity emptiness, a dark loss
Not of romantic love and affection,
But raw resources and power of tradition.
And my brain goes black.
A stretch of expansive collateral, atom
Upon atom murky jostling along the road
Prayers misted out from rosaries by Elect
But ineffectual at pausing the flinch
Ticks scuttle like cockroaches betrayed
By the light of a spring sunrise suddenly
Disclosed by the dark thunder clouds
Bugs everywhere but nowhere in time
Frame by frame, we switch seats, her and I
And distraction I become to driver
Inches turn to centimeters and centipedes
Suddenly cover everything, everything
Seats, dashboard, steering wheel, floor mat
A writhing demon-fest of legged monsters
Undisturbed by times' dilation
I cannot scream.
And I realize that I am not there
And this dreamlike state is reality.
No waking from this nightmare
I have caused.
For gleeking is but an excuse
Of masculine exercise against
The aberration of automobilization.
Are you okay?
My calm dispensation of character
Betrays not my violent anger against it
That which now unmolested walks away
Though these, my novel characters,
Drown deeper into the silent dark ocean
Of bubbling oil, absorbed into that which
Erases their divinity into a useful energy
For unknown long-futuristic empires.
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Thanks for reading "Where's Mom and Dad?" which was written somewhere between Aurora and Denver on April 18, 2023. I recommend checking out my previous poem as well "A Letter to My Child" which is, an honest admission to the failures and weaknesses I have made and to this day continue to make as an absent biological father to my daughter. They deserve to know the truth.