As A Crow Flies

As a Crow Flies
Jennifer Martelli

On my car’s navigational system North Shore Road is a straight yellow line
between the blue of Revere Beach and the Pines River

(where a woman once walked into
and drowned herself after shooting her husband at home, and I thought,

what willpower, to drown oneself, to keep going farther in and under).
I am technically on Route 1 which would take me right down to Key West

if I kept going for days, almost as a crow flies. Airplanes lower above me
towards Logan,
landing, so low people here need shatter-proof windows to muffle
the sound and to keep the panes whole.

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