DRIVING ACROSS THE SALT FLATS
WHILE LISTENING TO HOMER'S ODYSSEY
by Justin Evans
A full Utah moon—
rises behind me
in the last moments of day,
before dusk is erased.
Slowly, the moon sheds its onion skin
becomes a worn silver dollar
as it slides parallel, hovers
over the basin of this ancient lake:
silver light reflecting salt,
salt reflecting back.
Beneath the black night, sagebrush
rooted in the alkaline flats
sways like sea anemone
back and forth
in the gentle desert breeze.
Millennia have passed since water
has graced this small pocket of earth,
but at night a person can become lost
within the depths of this wine dark sea,
only headlights and the constant mirror
of the moon to show the way.
"Driving Across the Salt Flats Listening to Homer's Odyssey" is from Gathering Up the Leaves, an as of yet unpublished chapbook manuscript. Evans was born and raised in Utah. His previous chapbook, Four Way Stop, was published by Main-Traveled Roads in 2005, and focuses on his hometown of Springville. It should be available for order through the author at email@example.com this year. He was nominated for a 2005 Pushcart Prize by the Green Hills Literary Lantern, and has been teaching English and reading in Nevada for the past six years.
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