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by Nancy Ames

"So their truck was in flames
on a bad stretch of highway,
and no one got their names -
much too late in the day.

Just a small photograph
and somewhat out of focus,
shot by our freelance staff
for a nominal bonus.

They were moving somewhere
when they ran out of luck -
all their assets were there,
in the back of that truck.

It was pouring with rain
but nothing could dampen,
bring it all back again
or change what would happen.

His big hands had found
her head on his chest
and her arms were around
him, under his vest.

Lots of people would fight
but they held to their love,
and there's one ray of light
shining down from above."


Author's Note: The implied speaker is an overworked editor at a small newspaper. It's news because a crisis can either break or forge human bonds, and this is about one rare instance when a couple achieved a foundation for their future.

Posted on 05/27/2008
Copyright © 2022 Nancy Ames

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 06/01/08 at 01:18 AM

Terribly, tragically sad. You've written quite a poignant tale.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/09/08 at 04:32 PM

I really like the flow of this, and back page or not, this is so well written, any number of things could be interpreted as happening from the text.

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