He unfolds the map of California in his lap,
shoves a Marlboro in his mouth
and lights his way to freedom.
The Mustang shrinks into a blip of color
as she stares out over the scarred plain,
the car’s candy-apple red body blazing
across the Central Valley scrubland.
Her shadow wavers in the hot sun,
a dust-covered caricature
with outstretched arms
and trembling fingers.
Beneath her feet, the ground
shifts without warning
and gives way.
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