Driving Through

By Mark Vinz Mark Vinz
This could be the town you’re from,
marked only by what it’s near.
The gas station man speaks of weather
and the high school football team
just as you knew he would—
kind to strangers, happy to live here.

Tell yourself it doesn’t matter now,
you’re only driving through.
Past the sagging, empty porches
locked up tight to travelers’ stares,
toward the great dark of the fields,
your headlights startle a flock of
old love letters—still undelivered,
enroute for years.

Reprinted from “Red River Blues,” published by College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX, 1977, by permission of the author. Copyright © 1977 by Mark Vinz, whose most recent book is “Long Distance,” Midwestern Writers Publishing House, 2005.

Source: Red River Blues (College of the Mainland, 1977)

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Poet Mark Vinz

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, Growing Old, Time & Brevity, Social Commentaries, Life Choices

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Poet, teacher, and publisher Mark Vinz is the author of Long Distance (2005). His poetry has been published in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's column, "American Life in Poetry." He lives Moorhead, Minnesota.

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SUBJECT Living, Growing Old, Time & Brevity, Social Commentaries, Life Choices

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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