Driving the Skyway Bridge

the center rises
and you fall
a two hundred foot span
waters bridged by
thoughts as unyielding
as concrete,
fish muttering
open-mouthed beneath
cold gray waves. Don’t
exhale as the girl
hurls by them
clocking speeds
you can’t
acknowledge. You
don’t see her,  hair
like wings
ephemeral catching fire
from Florida sun, wire
fences no
match for birds taking
flight unnaturally. You see—
not fish praying, new
brown and tangling
with the coming
tide, but jutting
call boxes placed so ever
many feet. As if they could
answer a question
so burning
you drive right into the sky.

Photo by Modestas Urbonas on Unsplash

Sharon Lee Snow

A Pushcart nominee, Sharon Lee Snow earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Her award-winning short stories, creative nonfiction, and poetry have been published in Griffel, Glassworks, The Concrete Desert Review, Underwood, South 85, Jenny Magazine, Typehouse, Gulf Stream, Bridge Eight, Finding the Birds, and other journals. After a short move to Los Angeles, she is back home in Tampa, Florida where she is an Instructor teaching English courses. She currently is working on a short story collection, a collection of poems about LA, and a novel set in Tampa. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @sharonleesnow and her website www.sharonleesnow.com