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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 2, June 2018

Michael H. Lester
Los Angeles, California, USA

Which Way Home?

Mom forgets to come home some nights and Dad sleeps on the couch.

I become sullen and rebellious. My grades begin to slip and I barely graduate. I manage to get accepted to Detroit Institute of Technology where I take accounting and a required gym class. I hate them both, rarely attend, and eventually drop out.

a fierce windstorm
scatters street debris
along brick walls
the same ones
I pound my head against

I decide to take a trip to clear my head and find myself. Into my black Ford Victoria, I pack a suitcase with my sparse greaser wardrobe, a comb and toothbrush, for my drive to Toronto. Having no sense of direction, I stock the glove compartment with half a dozen AAA maps, fill the tank with Sinclair gasoline at 17.9 cents per gallon, and take the tunnel from Detroit to Windsor.

the way
to self-realization
eludes me
as I come to another
fork in the road

Despite the bold yellow lines on the AAA maps and the plethora of roadside signs, I never do find Toronto. I fall asleep on the side of the highway for the night and head back to Detroit in the morning.



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