I don’t know if we were spies
or just fugitives.
We were on a bus.
I was fleeing again
but confident this time
I would attain liberation,
Everyone on the bus felt the same;
we could see ourselves gliding across the map from above
through a country of weightless gold.
Sitting next to me was an Indian girl–
Hindu, Aztec, Iroquois…
I couldn’t discern her origin–
I thought she had the power to heal.
I knew I would never escape my native land,
though it seemed the journey itself was a sanctuary.
The girl asked me where I was going
and if I’d taken this route before.
I answered then asked her the same,
here eyes a window to the foot hills behind,
the desert a mask for the forest
absolved of all duration.
She had a baby in her arms.
I asked her its name.
Her lips turned ocher like herbs
and she was silent:
This child was a gift.
Our destination cannot be determined.
Her name is October
and she must never awake from her dream.
We entered a territory of wind and sand
This was America.
The girl pointed out the window,
We call this place Russia, she said