Further! Adventures on the Mojave Trail – Disequilibrium

desert rain by ninheve


 

Disequilibrium

 

the rain
…comes down
in ripping sheets
splashing into gullies and culverts

an old jeep
inches at a snail’s pace
down the black
wet
desert highway

water
smears the windshield
agonized wipers
struggle
in labored rhythm
mechanical torture

the driver
barely seeing
the road ahead
maneuvers the jeep
through a slalom
of mud
silt
and rushing
currents

rivulets
wash from the canyons
and escarpments
of the Mojave
in a frenzied
flash flood
of disequilibrium

man
versus road
machine
versus nature


Settled into my evening duties, I reflect on the life I’ve found working at the steam plant. I write in the journal and amuse myself through the doldrums of the night. –Ned Bean

 

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