Driving across Kansas

Driving across Kansas
highways straight
as wind shear

Rain drapes the road
wipers useless against the storm
headlights losing to darkness

Flat applause of large drops
against the windshield
changes to sharp cracks
as white peas bounce
off the hood

I hear a train
tires lose traction
spinning against the wind
and somehow I’m rising
without a hill

I wake up dizzy
painful lump on my head
and a new pair of shoes
bright ruby red

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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11 Responses to Driving across Kansas

  1. ivor20 says:

    Now that’s a rough road trip .. !!

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  2. JeanMarie says:

    Great storm description. Kansas will do that to ya.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lucy says:

    Very vivid!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lisa Tomey says:

    Great twist at the end and hail will now be white peas from now on.

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