Tag: Brianna Fay

High Beams (GET OFF THE ROAD)

I have dreams

every other full moon or so

that I’m driving down middle road

and the sun had already set

and there’s a car driving towards me

he flashes his high beams at me.

On, off, and on. Three times.


I’m driving down the dip in the road

He’s coming at it from the other direction


His high beams light up the cabin of my Chevy Trailblazer

They illuminate the yellow dashes in the road

They light up the wheat on either side of the street.


On, off, and on. Three times.

What are you trying to tell me?


They light up the abandoned machinery in the field.


It’s been abandoned;

every time I pass,

every time the car drives by in my dreams.


The fields by this road are my favorite part of this town.

My family used to watch fireworks from that hill at the top of the road

and when the sun is setting

the city skyline lights up over the trees.


I used to take that road as a short cut to get home from Jay’s Diner.

It’s where I got pulled over for the first time.

It’s where I drove the car to the side of the road to spend three hours crying

just because everything was falling apart.


I have these dreams

every full moon or so

that I’m driving down middle road

and the sun has already set

and there’s a car driving towards me

and he flashes his high beams.

On, off, and on. Three times.


What are you trying to tell me?

Is there something wrong with my car?


YOU’RE DRIVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION


Lately, the landscape has changed

but I still take that route home.

The machinery has been moving dirt.

Dad says they’re building soon

and we might not be able to see the skyline from that hill


GET OFF THE ROAD


I never go to Jay’s Diner anymore.


BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE


I don’t even know if this route is really a short cut.


GET OUT


On, off, and on again.


IT’S NOT TOO LATE

NOVUS Literary and Arts Journal
Lebanon, TN