The Reality of Roadside Plastic

roadside crosses
by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

all those roadside
crosses, white painted
nailed plywood with names
sometimes and always
faded plastic flowers

once in a while you can
drive up on a
metal one
powder coated
with laser cut name
and date

you can’t miss them
X marks the spot

we don’t remark
about the crosses
but drive on up
or down the road
alive and relatively
well and think
how these crosses
are big beacon
pointing to well
preserved pain


Wanda Morrow Clevenger has published 293 pieces of work in the past seven years. Some is here:; some more is here:


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I am a dreamer, as well as a doer, who lives in the North Georgia mountains. I started my publishing journey August of 2013, have had moderate success, but my utmost passion is my "daytime" job, which is working with adults who are constantly striving to better their lives as they obtain the GED credential.

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