Alex, a third-year English major, shares his piece recently published in Carroll’s Century Magazine.
100,000 Miles Strong
In a cold winter dawn
and an empty gut,
she won’t awaken this morning.
Her temper flares, smoke out the tail.
She’s a wheezing migraine.
We stop at the diner for a refuel.
It is six in the morning.
She’s hot and I’m hungry
Tattooed, and crude in a blueskin hue,
we’ll be together
until she gives out in the middle of nowhere.
But with a gentle shoulder rub
and a steer in either direction,
she’ll purr through the night.