Driving Down the Coastal Highway

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December 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm  •  Posted in Favorites, Poetry by  •  0 Comments

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Driving Down the Coastal Highway

It had been like departing,
that driving down the coastal highway.
It had been like the end of a relationship,
surreal,
that driving down the coastal highway
and across
the tendrils of memory.
It was like the sliding into emptiness,
or wandering into that blackness within emotion
from which all touch makes you cry out.
We had escaped the city that morning,
and now we were in an unforgiving place—
a hotel on the Outer Banks,
in a town near Cape Hatteras.
The hurricane we had traveled there to see
was already bearing down
on this fragile strip of sand.

driving down the coastal highway


Poem: Driving Down the Coastal Highway © 2013 by Shawn Radcliffe

Based on an essay, “Total Eclipse” by Annie Dillard (from Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters)

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