Fall 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 2007 |

Road Memorial

The crucifix bent nearly parallel to earth, the plastic cherubs poised, mid-lim- bo, under each arm of the cross's T were meant to make the unseen visible: X marks the spot where Jesus called our Jim- bo home, and were erected solemnly, in prayer, while semis shuddered half a mile away and small things searched inside the berm grass. They were not then the sorry junk we see, ephemera nodding toward eternity, till nodding off completely, once and for all. The highway is a public place and we, a people dying for a sign. Simple- ton angels posed in imbecile poses: some- one thought they'd keep the lost one company, like giving to a fussy child a doll to help it sleep, to dream the pleasant dreams of the oblivious. And look! a teddy bear for Baby, wreath for Mom, and twistied to the fence they raised when Junior jumped the overpass, helium balloons. This crap from Wal-Mart could outlast us all, which in our grief is no small com- fort, since death lasts so much longer, and has no

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Kathy Fagan’s fifth collection of poems, Sycamore, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2016. Poems appearing here are from a manuscript in progress. She teaches poetry at Ohio State University.

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