Today's poem is by Kimberly Johnson


The sun rolls up like jackpot,
the thousand blinding coins of it spilling
across my windshield's dustdapple.
Glory be: my lucky day, flush and prime
as a fresh dime, as if the world been spit-shined.
The asphalt ahead's gleamed to a high glare
and I play my pedal past the red line, and faster.
Must be what faith feels like, to drive believing
in the persistence of highway lines
whose white paint's whitened to a wide white field,
to glimpse in swift periphery and guess
you've passed a rest-stop's spare oasis,
to catch the flicker of a cactus shadow
as a signpost toward some providential end.
If on such a visionary road
I should see the world's material scroll
back to show whatever lies behind
who would blame me? Who'd blame if I sublimed
each raw thing into a revelation—
the big-rig flipping its rockchip stigmata,
the naugahyde peeling an unction
from my thigh. But no. Faith's for the sucker
whose luck's run out Faith is for the fear
that sometimes you get cherries, and sometimes
you pull the handle and it comes up blanks.

Copyright © 2012 Kimberly Johnson All rights reserved
from Indiana Review
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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