Nicole Cartwright Denison The 2River View, 7.3 (Spring 2003)
White Cross on Highway 441

a blonde stretch of Georgia highway
pierces Jenny’s left breast
as the brain stem feels the hairs rise
and the recognition of hot begins

incidentally, the receptors welcome pain
only a husband is allowed to give

grinding asphalt into a slack mouth
making spittle of tar and blood

she is left writing her life on a blacktop,
constantly erased by exhaust

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