By Marissa Coon Rose

How the snow always seemed to follow. How the ice
crackled over filaments of branches left bare

after a storm. That he remained human,
unfused with the mechanistic grunt of his eighteen-wheeler,

only by the bright
stirring he felt for those trees.

He says, it was near midnight, a cargo run
on second shift–from Indy to some hamlet flung

and stuck into the midland cornfields–
when the deep sky clouded, opened

with a white-out. A hive of snow
busted, angry flakes like a buzz

displaced. Road lines cowered and shrank
and disappeared. I kept from driving into the ditch

with my load of 12,000 pounds only
by the grace of the iced branches, reflecting.

How snow and ice are only cousins, split like species.
How four-wheel drive can be like a religion,

if you put your faith in it. Same as the cars in my rear view
that night. I glanced back and saw a line of ten

led by the glow of my blinkers, a long chain
of night blindness, people bound white-knuckled

to the steering wheel. How we are always
bound to find a band in the darkness,

hoping someone sees the brightness
better than we can. ■



Indiana Humanities - INseparable logo (black)This story was produced in partnership with Indiana Humanities’ INseparable project. Read more stories in the series here.

Marissa Coon Rose lives and works in Muncie, Indiana. Her work has recently appeared with Tuck Magazine, Likely Red Press, Literary Mama, and the Raleigh Review. In 2016 she was chosen as the representative poet for Delaware County in Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry.

Cover image: K&I Bridge over the Ohio River, Looking NNW from bluff. Photo by William Alden (Creative Commons).

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