Backroad After Dark

Just past the edge of town parked on gravel
Off Highway 6 and Cemetery Road,
Far enough out to lose the city lights,

The late night traffic. The warmth of the car
Hood against my back fights the chill of autumn.
I hear the shadows of deer watching me

Swim in the sky full of stars.


This poem was selected for the 2012 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

This page was first displayed
on June 14, 2012

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