The Advantages of Driving
by Joyce Wilson 


We count kilometers by Petersonís profiles 
and petal-falls; just as one toothed frond 
disappears quickly into the gaping space 
of the right-hand mirror, we look ahead 
and identify another, sequential signs 
in a revolving gallery, ordered and framed 
in the memory. But for these signatures, 
we would lose the object of our travels: 
to savor the minutiae of distances and hours.

Copyright © 1999 by Joyce Wilson. 
To appear in Descant, summer 1999.


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