Following | R a s m a H a i d r i | Rasma Haidri



Outside of Gary rain fell in sheets

like gray sheetmetal

on the black Thunderbird

carrying us tandem

behind the white Thunderbird

my dad was driving,

his red taillights marking the way

straight into a sea

that would divide us,

but I had a map in my lap

perched stiff as a lighthouse

on my navigator seat

telling my mother behind the wheel

where to drive, when to turn

until the frantic windshield wipers

broke under the deluge,

and my mother in scarfed curlers

and Jackie-O shades, huffed and moaned

and pulled off the road

by a fruit stand, also under water,

so nobody came out to help

as the white Thunderbird’s red lights

dissolved in the gray Indiana sea

that was rising all around.

Published in Coast to Coast:The Route 20 Anthology, FootHills Publishing, 2018