Road Conditions

This poem won Third place in the 2008 2-Day Poem Contest

january weather is agitated daily along

the four-oh-one. each nimbus vessel

pausing to think before sloughing

ice, rain, snow, hail.

this is one nervous system.


each passing article describes

the rising, the freezing

point punctured, and winds, not

content with tree branches,


rattle the burlington skyway, aiming

to wrench free cars that seem burned

to the road. these hearts of the cities,

exhausting all welcome,

skid, pile, buckle


like cancered chests, asphalt filling

each separate thorax, wedged solidly

between everything needed. the finest

filament sews while fumes seep


into the grand river. swelling like any

wound, waters paint the sleeping grass

sienna. but this muck is no proof

of spring. there is such desperation

in the lack of birds.

Published online June 01 2008.

This poem was a winner in CV2’s annual 2-Day Poem Contest. Every April, CV2 challenges players to create a new original poem that uses all 10 words of our choosing. It’s poetry under pressure for prizes, publication, and personal bests. Learn how to sign up for the next 2-Day Poem Contest.

Poem as Travelogue cover image

This piece was published in ‘Poem as Travelogue,’ the Summer 2008 issue of CV2.

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