lockhart

Roadside

by Theresa Lockhart

People used to flick cassettes from car windows,
Keep driving, laughing, rejecting songs no
Longer worth hearing, in their opinion.

Roadside ribbons blow casually upward,
Pretending they are attached to balloons
That never touch the ground,
Instead they settle in static coils amidst weeds and gravel.

Hitchhikers,
Abandoned vegetable stands,
Crosses in memoriam and
Kitsch attractions,
Were these tossed out a window as well?

If picked up and gently unwound, would someone
Else be able to hear the songs of our past?

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Theresa Lockhart lives and teaches in Michigan. Her work is forthcoming from Kaleidotrope.

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Roadside by Theresa Lockhart People used to flick cassettes from car windows, Keep driving, laughing, rejecting songs no Longer worth hearing, in their opinion. Roadside ribbons blow casually upward, Pretending they are attached to balloons That never touch the ground, Instead they settle in static coils amidst weeds and gravel. Hitchhikers, Abandoned vegetable stands, Crosses in memoriam and Kitsch attractions, Were these...