DAILY PHOTO: Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Taken in November of 2021 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

DAILY PHOTO: Grazing Cows Along the Road

Taken in July of 2019 on the trail between Jeti Oguz Resort and Boris Yeltsin Peak

POEM: Gravel Road

the washboard road
sends vehicles
convulsive spasms–
violent shudders
that pop the wind from passengers
clack teeth
postpone words
because all utterances become
machine-gun moans

a dust plume of raw umber
slants away from rolling tires
seen across field and savannah
smoke signal of impending visitation