Daybreak Over I-15
by C.W. Blackwell
Remember that night
under the Mojave moon;
the green sage and ocotillo
twisted in a starry bramble;
the dead phones in our pockets;
and the stolen tank of minimart gas.
Remember those unclocked hours,
how we spun nude on the rock road,
far from the cops and cameras
and judges and jailers.
Remember the sun-bleached Honda,
reeking of dope and sex and motor oil
as we lay dreaming in the backseat.
Remember that perfect night,
as day breaks over I-15,
take-down lights popping in the rearview.
Breathe, even though Shauna does not breathe,
even as the mesas ring with gunfire
and the shattered car windows howl
and blood lacquers the dash
and men drag road spikes
over the cracked and steaming asphalt.
C.W. Blackwell was born and
raised in Northern California, where he still lives with his wife and two sons.
He has been a gas station attendant, a stockbroker, and a crime analyst. His
passion is to blend poetic narratives and pulp dialogue to create evocative
genre fiction. He writes mostly crime fiction and horror. His recent work has
appeared in Pulp Modern, Shotgun Honey, Switchblade Magazine,
and Econoclash Review.
Ann Marie Rhiel is the
Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in
Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her
passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern
New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography.
Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.