(after Merritt Parkway by Denise Levertov)
Ambulance, articulated lorry, breakdown truck.
KPH goes up 5 counts. Twinkling,
Um and ah splash,
Drizzle flops off tyres.
Tarmac’s white noise,
A semi-transparency compressing greys.
Pan to a field of sheep.
Definite now – 4x4, polar blue,
Electric windows – onrush alloy wheels.
3000 miles nearside. Vvvrruuuuum.
Nappa leather upholstery
Degases spent energy.
Side impact bar’s hot.
Trees now and then…
The hard blow kills 3,
To fiery clam-up.
From malignant health
A bluebottle floats,
Heaving wide of cat’s-eyes