It’s on Zzyzx Road

Driving to the

Desert at Night

windows rolled down

anticipation growing

passing freeway lights

underpasses

coming up

one last mile

Zzyzx Road

turnoff

milky stars

black sky

cloaked night

shooting stars

you’re the only

driven car for

a hundred miles

in all directions

park the car

walk out

stretch and yawn

look up

ruffling

birds in flight

chirps and howls

all glows in

shiny moonlight

we’re not alone

it’s a night out

a hot

date on a

dry

breezy

night

wrapped

in the

warming

arms

of

nature

bring your

blanket

and a

flashlight

and a fold

out chair

bust out

a beer from

the cooler

and a cherry

cigar

get drunk out of

your mind

and blow

fragrant smoke

rings floating

up to

the sky

take a nap

sleep it off

crawling things

like lizards

will leave you

alone

it’s all

friendship

there,

everything is

alright

everyone

gets

along.

there.

there’s

a different

life

not like city life

it is a good life

a life well lived

time well spent

there is respect

and tolerance,

and the

greatest

patience

silence

peacefulness

tranquility

there.

but,

only

there.

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