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Macon's poem "Detour"

N.C. poet laureate Valerie Macon's poem “Detour”:

I’m grateful for my car, he says,

voice raspy with hard living.

Tossed on the seat, a briefcase

covered with union stickers,

stuffed with unemployment forms,

want ads, old utility bills,

birth certificate, school application

papers for the skinny ten-year-old

sitting beside him who loves baseball.

The cat paces the seats. Rain

rumbles on the hood, wind

snatches the leaves into a spiral –

a layoff, a broken leg, a missed payment;

fate, a twister, picked him up

and dropped him on a side street.

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