Just past dusk I passed Christiansburg, cluster of lights sharpening as the violet backdrop of the Blue Ridge darkened. Not stars but blue-black mountains rose before me, rose like sleep after hours of driving, hundreds of miles blurred behind me. My eyelids were so heavy but I could see far ahead a summer
Michael Pettit is the author of Cardinal Points (University of Iowa Press, 1988), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and American Light (University of Georgia Press, 1983). He is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.