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.
Posted on April 7, 2009, in National Poetry Month, The Long Haul and Other Poems and tagged Michigan Writers, poetry by Kim Nixon, Poetry with a sense of place, The Long Haul, upper peninsula writers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.