Fast Ride

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The West Side Highway morphs to verdant lawn with brown-gold patches (horse manure? a barn?) –

lush green track down which we are careering faster and faster, and no one is steering

or even driving: no hands on the wheel. I scream. It comes out tinny and unreal.

No anger, though, and (can this be?) no fear. Laughter. Leaping barriers, the car

plunges into the Hudson, down down down through strange clear water. Does this mean we drown?

All gone before a single candid gleam pierces the depths to light up what they mean,

this highway somehow changed to riverside speedway. We’ve touched bottom but not died.

How frail it is, the guard rail in between life and death, the waking and the dream,

the vertical where our waking lives are spent, the horizontal that tells us what they meant.