Road Trip

Allemande left with the old left hand.
Turn the body toward the sun.
Start out early. Keep the faith
and don’t forget to write.
There are coupons to redeem.
We can send you songs.
Send you stories.
At the interstate turn right.
Here is a bag filled with rain.
The bell sounds at dawn.
It is west of nothing.
We will mark the route
on a map. All lines intersect.
Look across the plain. Follow
the broken trail of mountains.
Plant your feet firmly.
Share your address
if there will be a place.
Speak in the future tense.
In the conditional. After dark
and before stars. They say
the moon rises here.
In the life after. Get
out of the car and walk.
Any time, but before midnight.
Keep in touch. Remember.