© Christopher Raine


Hwy QE


Oil stains, skid marks, and lost shoes

these are the landmarks of the prairies

a sign for Amish furniture

and the smell of cow piss

one hundred and ten kilometres an hour

and the scenery never changes

time and distance endless

insects pound the windshield

like fat drops of rain

a cereal grain desert

with mustard coloured patches

of canola and roadside turnouts

long-deserted gas stations

and decaying timber posts

crooked like hobo teeth

poking up through wild grass

and slutty culverts

but the road hums

and the skies are blue and wide