“Pillows on the Interstate” By Jonathan K. Rice

 

 

Pillows on the Interstate

Blue pillow
rests in a rut 
of red clay 
beside 
a northbound
exit ramp.

Blew from 
the cargo bed
of a pickup    
with a love seat 
from somebody’s 
front porch.

Left behind 
by its matching 
sibling 
and cushion
on their way
to a new home. 

Further down
the highway 
memory foam
reacts to every tire, 
every tread,
returning to its
shape every time. 

Turquoise 
throw pillow
bounces
between lanes
through tailwinds
and exhaust. 

A feather 
pillow floats 
across an overpass 
following 
a convoy
of eighteen wheelers.

Miles of lost pillows 
like roadkill
disemboweled. 
Feathers, latex,
polyurethane

ripped 
and dragged
between 
mile markers,
ground 
into the tar
and asphalt.
left to decompose, 

to scatter in the wind.

 

 

About the Author: Jonathan K. Rice edited Iodine Poetry Journal for seventeen years. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Killing Time (2015), Ukulele and Other Poems (2006) and a chapbook, Shooting Pool with a Cellist (2003), all published by Main Street Rag Publishing. He is also a visual artist. His poetry and art have appeared in numerous publications, including Cold Mountain Review, Comstock Review, Diaphanous, Empty Mirror, Gargoyle, Inflectionist Review, Levure Litteraire, The Main Street Rag, Wild Goose Poetry Review and the anthologies, Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race and The Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina.

 

More by Jonathan K. Rice

“Springmaid Pier”

“Cards”

“Stravinsky in the Shower”

 

Image Credit: Ben Shahn “Roadside advertising along Route 40, central Ohio” (1938) The Library of Congress

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