Scenes from an alternate life – ix

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I packed everything I owned into a dying Chevrolet the day I graduated from college
sixty seven miles an hour as I rattled across the border, Kansas in the rear view mirror
enough gas money in my wallet to make a New Jersey junkyard

rest stop sleep and gas station sinks, I kept my toothbrush on the dash
taking notes for a novel I felt important, but could never see clearly
everything a constant vibration from trucker speed and decade old shock absorbers
prayers to middle America Gods to keep me between the ditches

by the time I got to Pittsburgh, memories of a trip we took in the summer of 1984
to visit cousins long since scattered
I was convinced it was the longest trip I’d ever make, but
you and time and an ocean I’d only read about in old encyclopedias were always waiting
to the east

This is a serial work in progress, all of what exists can be read here.

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Ben

Ben LeRoy is spirit trapped in the 21st century on Earth. Someday he will be somewhere else. Until then, he's glad to know you're out there, too. And later elsewhere he will be glad to know you're out there, too.

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Ben LeRoy is spirit trapped in the 21st century on Earth. Someday he will be somewhere else. Until then, he's glad to know you're out there, too. And later elsewhere he will be glad to know you're out there, too.