Where carburetor ghosts
On a windswept plateau
Howl through a parking lot of vines.
Did lovers discover youth’s first
Venereal sting on those ancient springs?
Did children gaze out these windows
Eyes wide on falling stars?
Did old men curse at transmissions
That were fixed in first gear?
Each ancient jalopy interned
Within its own mound
Where fallen hoods stand askew
Where urn shaped trunks
Cry out for mourners’ offerings
That never come.
In this field of vine and rust
No requiem for the dead was played.
The metal carcasses discarded.
But even today
After years of rot and decay
Every window remains.
No nubilous glass is shattered
In these former chariots
To places both sublime and mundane.
Their diaphanous veils
Reflect the passing of storm clouds
Moon phases and dusk
Giving us a glimpse
Into the crystalline void
About Laurie: The author of the recently released Finding Joy as well as The Pharaoh’s Cry, Portal Shift, Kidnapped Smile, and Dragon Sky of the fantasy series The Artania Chronicles, and Forests Secrets. Laurie Woodward is also a screenwriter who co-authored Dean and JoJo: The Dolphin Legacy. Her poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies and she was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet, and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes on the Central Coast of California. More about her work can be found at Author Laurie Woodward — Next Chapteria.net