Road Toad

The toad in the road looms luminous
in the lights of my Chevy Cavalier
as I careen precariously around the
copperhead curves of Mission mountain.

Amphibian eyes gleam in the glare of halogen globes,
reptilian reason revealed in their shiny sheen
before the sharp shadow of the car covers all
in a blur of bleeding black and the toad’s glow
is hidden by the hum of radials hugging hills
wrapped around by roads so serpentine.

Written June 25, 1996


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