Transcendence Avoided on I-15 North of Las Vegas

The road ahead is dark, but full of stars
It takes me to a place I’ve been before
A string of pearls, the headlights of the cars
A flash of shadows, trees, and nothing more

The hypnogog of speed and lights and dark
Propels me to an other-worldly place
My body and my soul both disembark
On trails of memories from time and space

The hum of traffic slowly peels away
Like pages of a book that’s burned to ash
The dust of desert night which once was day
Retains its heat like metal in a crash

Then SNAP! I roll the window down a crack
The edge is gone, the night has brought me back

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