The Road to Drowning Road

is not
rimmed in salt
                                                 or sand;

does not
echo if
                       held to an ear;

not respond to pull
of moon, appearing
                                                               & disappearing
at split-day                              intervals;

is land
                     locked, isolated;

is carved inside a moat of nothing;

is oubliette’s center
                                                         stage, suffocating;

is unable
to inhale;

                                                           breathless inside
walls made                          of air.