Reroute to Avoid I-5

Reroute to Avoid I-15
Reroute to Avoid I-15

Reroute to Avoid I-15


Coyote knows of Autumn

by subtle changes of smell

by sounds of different voice

a sensual change.


Thick ice collects on window

travelling through bitter air

branches of frost come and go

this forward motion.


Domestications struggle

battle beyond snowy road

somewhere in Suburbia

another child lost.


Gravel is not beautiful

litter on every dead weed

McDonald’s wrapper and bag

perhaps it is rot.


On either side snow collects

valley of winter travel

surrounded by pine cover

snow near the pine tip.


A fight to find some freedom

struggle for identity

where some survive and some fall

pray my son will win.



Mourn for the loss of ideas

there is nothing to comfort

us in the middle of night

when alone and cold.


Should have avoided I-5

drove through the desert instead

need time to reroute myself

find a way through deep snow.


I see him every morning

visits me when I’m writing

before heading back to bed

feel nocturnal smile.


Floating on a wild river

of white snow and solid ice

different states of matter

out of season snow.


Must find way through the white

my child sits Mother side

to keep climbing near pass

now frozen solid.


We struggle to find the words

fall into music instead

maybe one day the rhythm

will fill empty gap.



Nothing has truly melted

on the day of long journey

as matter of fact a new

snow storm is brewing.


A lifetime lost in snow storms

to stand alone in white out

to know there is nobody

out there to save you.


Slowly relationships form

ups and downs of object pull

both backward and forward steps

here we go again.


Closure on the pass

corridors of high snowbank

constant collection of drift

kept alert by freeze.


These storms ancient pillow book

ancient text written on flake

an answer to each struggle

a winter story.


Really only time will tell

do what is right be patient

try to see sides of the storm

understand patience.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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