October, East-bound On I-80, by Greg Stidham

October, East-bound On I-80
by Greg Stidham

Brisk Nebraska winds whip
colorful early brittling leaves,
swirling in circles round the gas
pumping into the camper-pulling car.
The wind’s warmth belies the onset
of autumn’s coming frosts,
and the ghosts and goblins come begging
on the Eve of All Hallows.
Later the western horizon’s
gold and rose hues at sunset
create a calm camper-bound evening
before an early morning merger
back onto the frenetic
interstate traffic heading home.

Greg Stidham is a retired pediatric intensivist (ICU physician) currently living in Kingston, Ontario, with his wife Pam and their two foundling “canine kids.” Greg’s passion for medicine has yielded in retirement to his other lifelong passions—literature and creative writing.

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