The plan, a quick meal at Fez,
an average Middle Eastern restaurant,
take in a few sights, shops, the bookstore,
before the poetry reading in town.
The girls, old friends from high school,
catch up, Tommy is working the radio.
Ahead the asphalt shoulder is littered
with roadkill. I see only dead Vietnamese—
road meat, different stages of decomposition.
An older man, blackened sunken face,
his arms frozen in a ungainly pose. Another,
a young woman, a fresh kill, her conical hat
blowing down the road. I want to turn around
but can’t. In the rearview mirror, as we enter
Saugerties, a few arise. They help each other
gather their belongings, and one starts to plant rice.