April 28, 2018

Witnessed on a Freeway in California

A glimpse of faces passes
Mindless sunglass glances
Mosaics of machinery chances
Moving seeming secure advances
Atop asphalt surfaces imperiled

Between barren hills whose golden brightness
Is broken by oaken blotches of bitterness
Under strident currents of reckless drivenness,
Lurk faults of unforgiven-ness,
On bumpers, beneath smiles of strangers embroiled.

Sorrows unseen in merciless
Stares: Each from disparate starting point relentless
Barrels to its goal in senseless
Abandon, reeling unaware, restless 
Hearts racing for connection en-shadowed --

Under a rosary's hope dangling
     from a rearview mirror: 
Between what lay ahead and what is passing
Away, that shining still point of the world's revolving
Anew by but the resolved murmuring
Of lips, by heaven's taste, hallowed.