After 10 days roughnecking Oklahoma oilfields – Steve Gerson

he’s driving toward me
not as fast as electricity
sizzles through bowing lines
or stanchions erect ringing
the curvature of the earth
but with the same hum
of high-voltage energy
discharging corroded rust
on sun riven roads
his approach anticipatory
bringing either heat that touches
me like his grasp on a longneck bottle
fingers thrumming or the rumble
of distant clouds thundering
on the horizon to crush me
like a beer can tossed carelessly
in his pickup’s dusty bed

01/19/16 ©JCCCSteve Gerson, an emeritus English professor from a Midwestern community college, writes poetry about life’s dissonance and dynamism. He’s proud to have published in Panoplyzine (winning an Editor’s Choice award), The Hungry Chimera, Toe Good, The Write Launch, Ink & Voices, Duck Lake, Coffin Bell, Poets Reading the News, Crack the Spine, White Wall Review, Abstract, and Pinkley Press.