Kathy Haug


Light is fading.
The ribbon of road winds
down and around
through the grassy hills.

I struggle to focus,
keep the car on the narrow strip of pavement.
Another curve, and another —
hang in there, keep going.

Below, I see a dirt road,
impassable muddy ruts
fading off into the grass.

Is that my road?
Have I gone the wrong way?
or is it just a side track through the pastures?

Is my destination just beyond this valley?
Will I make it before

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