Ghosts of the Intersection


Deborah P. Kolodji

Phantom horse hooves, a ritual performance.
Motorcycle screeching, another crash.
Writing up the report -- total nonsense
so Tom, the traffic cop, leaves to get smashed.

Fourth one this year -- it was always the same.
Drivers swerving, avoiding native riders.
Subsequently disappearing, a game
but was not, as past, present collided.

Curse of his daily beat, a Hollywood
route, ghostly procession crossing the street.
Vanishing into brick before cameras could
flash. Dazed, new accident victims repeat

matching stories as he listens, aware
of their approaching insurance nightmare.


Author Bio

Deborah P. Kolodji is a single mother of three children who lives in California. She works as a database administrator for a living to support her poetry habit. Her poems have appeared in Star*Line, Tales of the Unanticipated, Dreams and Nightmares and Troubadour. Her work has appeared in the webzines, Orphic Chronicle, Dark Planet and Ibn Qirtaiba in addition to Twilight Times.

Two of Deborah's poems have been nominated for a Rhysling Award by the members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (http:\\\~bejay\sfpa.htm). One of Deborah's poems was tied for second place on the 1999 "Preditors and Editors Readers Poll"

Another poem by Deborah

Angels Aflame"



"Ghosts of the Intersection" 1999 Deborah P. Kolodji. All rights reserved. Published by permission of the author.
This page last updated 4-25-00.

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