Today there is a lone graying bra in the road.
A striped shirt of indeterminate colors
lazes against a guardrail. On another day,
running shoes dangle from electrical wires.
In another city, crew socks in an unopened
pack wait on a bus stop bench.
A warped overnight case lays open
in the weeds. The red nylon nightgown
claws its way to the highway’s edge.
Brenda Joyce Patterson (brendajoycepatterson.com) is a poet and essayist. She was a co-editor of the international literary magazine, Onionhead. “Let It Go,” her flash fiction, appeared in the December 2014 issue of Gravel Magazine. She co-authored (with Suzanne Roth) the artist book, Soothsaying (2006), which is permanently housed in the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Her travel essay, “The Kindness of Strangers,” was published in Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Guide to Travel and Adventure (Eighth Mountain Press, 1997). She studied poetry under Peter Meinke, Lola Haskins and Nicholas Samaras.