by John Grey
I'm on a flat, interminable Texas road,
I pass scattered towns shuttering
down to the last man
in faded blue overalls.
Field after field
is slipped, like a handkerchief,
into a pocket of shadow.
I've only my headlamps
and the parallel train tracks for company.
Sky suddenly blazes with light,
a round object in the sky,
blotting the moon,
shimmering the oil derricks.
I turn on AM radio,
every station nothing
but country radio.
I can imagine those aliens
Are all earthlings
and honkytonk angels?
I've been eight hours
futilely chasing down that horizon.
who knows how many light years
of endless space.
Neither of us is from here.
We could stop awhile
but we haven't it in us
to truly stay.
I'm an east coast boy.
They're probably from somewhere
We could tell each other a thing or two
when it comes to endless highway.
© 2013 John Grey
John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in International Poetry Review, Sanskrit and the science fiction anthology, "Futuredaze" with work upcoming in Clackamas Literary Review, New Orphic Review and Nerve Cowboy.
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