The music in the car muted the rain
on the road save the wiper blades’
repetitive thuds. No headlights, no
taillights, no deer or traffic signals.
Alone, out here, is part of the landscape.
The wind buffets me across
the asphalt’s long shine. The stereo
swears the world is as soft as lace, but
I don’t love anyone. Outside, the world
the world is as soft as lace. The ghosts
of train tracks clack under my tires. The milemarkers
streak green skyward into night.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, The Literary Review, Verse Daily and Passages North. His first book, Curio, won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge’s Prize and came out in early 2014. He’s an assistant professor of English at Salisbury University. John received his MA from USF and his PhD from the University of Missouri.
ABOUT THE SOUND OF SUGAR:
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