Scenic Road Drive
by Jory Mickelson

Lead to this Highway, all you roads,
            for it is well-shouldered and outstretched.

Intersect with this Highway all you roads,
            for it is lambent and holy.

The track of this Highway is along the rivers.
The Highway crosses,
            it bridges and traverses the waters.

The voice of this Highway is concrete,
            it is a voice of countless rumble strips.

The track of the Highway cleaves thickets of trees,
it rends the wilderness like a curtain,
            the Highway unbelts every mountain from its valley.

The span of this Highway makes fence posts to crumble,
            causes buildings to dissolve into rearview.

The Highway, it shall carry us
            and at the end, we shall receive its blessing.

And in our car upon this Highway,
            we are saying “Farther, farther.”

PHOTO: “Scenic Drive” by Tomasz Zajada, used by permission.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jory Mickelson’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, CutBank Literary Journal, The Carolina Quarterly, Superstition Review, The Collagist, The Los Angeles Review, The Adirondack Review, and other journals. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poet’s Prize and a Lambda Literary Fellowship in Poetry. Additionally, he served as the 2014 Poetry Editor for Codex Journal. You can follow him @poetryphone on Twitter.