May 2023

The Driver's Side

Patrick Walsh | Scene4 Magazine

Patrick Walsh

It seems that clouds can still be mighty:
I was driving down the highway,
Windows open, the rush of air

And summer, with its moody squalls,
Brought a wall of gray and purple to bear
On my left, the driver's side.

Imagine what May is known for
And this running past the right eye;
In the other, oncoming night.

But the breeze that threw cold in my shirt
Did not bring the spatter of rain;
On the windshield, only light fell

Trained in a beam from the cleft above.
You've seen this sort of thing as well
And half-expect to hear a choir.

An omen? A portal? A keyhole?
Must it figure in order to mean?
The oblong swath of green lit up

Like when we were young and outside
Busy with a magnifying glass —
Funny to think of those days.


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Patrick Walsh | Scene4 Magazine

Patrick Walsh is a writer and poet. After college, he served four years on active duty as an infantry officer in the 25th Infantry Division. He also holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Anglo-Irish literature from Ireland's University of Dublin, Trinity College. His poems and freelance articles have appeared in numerous journals and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. For more of his columns and other writings, check the Archives.


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