In winter traffic, fog of midday
shoves toward our machines—snow eclipses
I drive toward, keeping time against
the urge to quit moving. I refuse to not
know how not to, wrestling
out loud to music, as hovering me—automatic
engine, watching miles of sky on the fall—loves such
undoing, secretly, adding fuel to
what undoes the ozone, the endless nothing
manifested as sinkholes under permafrost.
Refusal, indecision—an arctic
undoing of us, interrupting cascades—
icy existences. I cannot drive through.
Copyright © 2020 by Khadijah Queen. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on January 11, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets.