Drift

Her tired eyes are parched and dry
from staring ahead at the bendless road,
watching the patter of splattering bugs
on her windscreen.
Driving Northward.
Driving home.

Blink.

The unbroken drone of the motor
is unfamiliar,
but the music that usually wells up inside
and spills out,
filling the air around her with sound
is dead.
Blink.

Drift…

They had been distant for years.
Strangers.
Silence hulking solidly between them;
Pride barring the way to reconciliation;
Forgiveness a dream
undreamed.

Focus.

Knuckles whiten on the wheel
as she watches a dead roo draw close.
The hunched, feeding bird
goes unnoticed
until it suddenly alights
and soars overhead,
drooping and swooping.
Suspended.

Drift…
Fairybread parties
and pinned-sheet cubbyhouses
had filled their early years.
Sisters in all but blood;
bonded by shared experience.

Blink.
Focus.

Leafless branches reach heavenward,
anchored to shadows
that swallow the road.
Light – Dark –
Light – Dark –
Light – Dark.

Inseperable as teens,
they sat side by side in class,
gossiping and writing notes,
ganging up and causing fuss
and falling in love…
With the same boy.

The familiar ache of anger stirs within.
Her dry eyes narrow. Focus.

A day of dry desert scrub
has fallen behind
replaced now by tangled green wilderness,
rearing up,
pressing against the roadside,
obscuring the blue.

A roo explodes from the underbrush.
Swerve.
Skid.
Gravel – no grip.
The car departs the road.

Remaining upright,
it comes to rest
in a lush green clearing.
Unharmed, she emerges
on shaking legs.
She stares ahead.
Dark brown mounds
of termite construction
protrude from the leafed earth.

Blink.
Blink.
Blink.

Her dry eyes
that couldn’t cry
as the family spoke
and the favourite song played
and the body was lowered into the barren earth
now fill
and overflow
and she mourns the passing –
there, among the termite gravestones –
she mourns the passing of a friend.

Drift

Mieke Boynton

Broome, Australia

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Inspired by a long solo drive from Tennant Creek up North.

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