I broke my back
in baskets
driving with
a splendid headache.

To the background goes
the forward motion.
My car drives off
the interstate

into a patch
of grass
near a
murky lake.

Should I test fate
like it tests me?
Broken in an ambulance,
a submarine?

A plane, a train,
an Etch A sketch.
Draw me a destiny
in this stretcher.

Next to a
lecherous lake
I find myself
praying to a God

that lacks all sense
yet I remain,
a sticky substance
under earths shoe.


Jason Wright is the editor and founder of Oddball Magazine. His column appears weekly. His third book, Train of Thought 2: Almost Home is available now at the Oddball Book Store.