We came upon this road on our way to
somewhere else

Alex Stolis






We came upon this road on our way to somewhere else


We were driven back. It was the night of the lotus eaters. Driven by ill winds. Hands flat
on the table. We weep. Haley Bonar sings about drinking. Today it is all over. Out. We weep
for broken wings. For tulips, daylilies and purple flox, the empty spaces where butterflies
fell to the ground. Pick up the clothes scattered about, sweep the floor. Talk to the dead, call
it prayer. Feed the dog, let out the hem of your dress. Today is all out. Over. Nick Cave sings about Jesus. Take your time, baby. You are the earth, dirt, fire. I’ll be a fugitive. Shut my
eyes to water and sky and the sun, moon and stars.