MOURNING COMMUTE, by martha mckay canter
We’re all on speed, every one of us—
Coffee, Red Bull, Adderall
Coke and Phendimetrazine
each with his particular poison,
between the lines.
drugs jammed between our knees,
we drive in the dark,
Tomorrow, we’ll go again,
blinking sleepy eyes
against the disquieting
regret and the nag
of bad decisions
that unite us.
Martha McKay Canter is a PhD candidate at Florida State University. She spends as much time as she can on a mountain in North Carolina where she peacefully coexists with legions of ladybugs and one determined cardinal.