Truck & Trailer Approaching a City

1 May 2017

(Jeffrey Smart, 1973)

Europe in a thousand container terminals –
the sat-nav recalibrates, the one language.
Tollgate, tunnel, interchange. Who knows
which roads get switched in the confusion.
This welfare city or that doppelganger
on the other side – this night or some other night.
Sleepless in roadhouse parking lot,
hypno radio-voices spiral out of headlights
hard as methedrine. The closely-observed
& freely aleatory coffee grounds you devise
into apocalypse-edge visions – border guards &
fake inventory. A hundred more miles
of the hungry tank, of the relentless white line.
Delete. Press replay. By this will they know you.

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