Travis Bowden


Odessa, Texas: Where Death Vacations - Poem by Travis Bowden

i spent a week in Odessa. a Motel One room
visited by a depressed cocaine addict.
she told stories of her kids, while we lay
undressed searching for cigarettes on the floor.
room 124 was happy hour
for the prostitutes.

imagine a grown man afraid
of an empty bed.

where the street lights lay horizontal
i rode passanger seat, while Richard
drove us the hell out of there.
every two hours we pull to the side
of the road and write in a compositon book
about the week, or what we remember:

No Doz and Red Bull do not,
repeat, do not keep you awake very long.

and i pretened to sleep when we hit
Arizona time (just outside of Safford) . i repeat,
over sad songs on the radio, a poem i wrote
on her white wall in Autsin. her mother
scrubbed this away:

a poem written in 4/4 time, under highway lights
somewhere between Texas and Arizona:

maybe we're a few hours apart, maybe it's light here
when you're dark, but there are always a few moments
we can share,
taking a bath in the sunshine.


Comments about Odessa, Texas: Where Death Vacations by Travis Bowden

  • (5/14/2005 12:23:00 AM)

    Beautiful. Feels like a sad kiss. This one is my favoirte so far. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/13/2005 5:53:00 AM)

    This is pretty darn good. Very atmospheric. First sentence seems unnecessary to me, but I like the poem a lot. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 13, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, May 13, 2005


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