National Poetry Month–The Long Haul

from The Long Haul

The Long Haul

I imagine you at the pay phone
talking close to the receiver,
not so close that the waitress
wiping the counter cannot see your lips
and not quite loud enough
that I can hear your voice
over the kids wrestling in the living room.
I think you said something about
Oregon, your ears popping due to elevation
and how if I pretend hard enough
I won’t forget we are married.
But when you were driving across Montana plains
missing tall trees, I dreamt of grasses waving laughter
and I grew skittish from
the lack of sunlight in October.
~poem copyright Kim Nixon

The Long Haul is a collection of poetry that you will not find in chapbook form (yet). The voice is the reflections of a wife during the first years of her husband’s search for employment in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and his choice to eventually become a over-the-road truck driver. The work is by Kim Nixon and is highly autobiographical and feels like a lifetime away now.


About kimnixon

Upper Peninsula Michigan Artist and Writer

Posted on April 7, 2009, in National Poetry Month, The Long Haul and Other Poems and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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